Gardening when you have arthritis

5th July, 2016

Getting older is a part of life and is something that we must all go through. For some, the process is easier than for others and everyone experiences it in their own way.

Arthritis is a common condition that occurs once we reach a certain age. It’s so common in fact that around 10 million people in the UK are thought to have it. It does affect all ages but is more common as people get older; specifically, after reaching late 40’s. It is also more common in women.

Common symptoms of arthritis include: joint pain, tenderness and stiffness; inflammation in and around the joints and restricted movement of the joints.

The amount of pain that occurs is dependent on how severe the condition is and how long the person has had it for.

Arthritis can be managed with physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory painkillers and steroids but can lead to certain tasks being unmanageable.

Gardening for example can be a massive strain on the joints and it can become quite difficult, and sometimes impossible, to take care of a garden. However, gardening is a wonderful hobby that is not only a great form of gentle exercise, but helps to keep the mind sharp and the soul happy.

There are a number of ways that you can still keep your green fingers, even if they’re also arthritic.

  1. Switch up what you’re doing every 20 minutes or so to give your joints a break. Approaching gardening with a “little and often” mentality avoids excess strain on the same joints.
  2. Invest in a gardening stool to help you reach those low down areas. This will take the weight off your knees and back. (However don’t sit in the same position for too long).
  3. Ensure your tools have a rubber grip to take the pressure of your finger joints. Or alternatively, wear some high quality gardening gloves to help you grip.
  4. Replacing your lawn area with artificial grass is also a great way to avoid the most arduous gardening task – mowing the lawn.

You shouldn’t have to give up a hobby you love just because you’re getting older. In fact, this is the point in your life when you have more time to dedicate to it! By following the advice above you should still be able to enjoy your time in the garden. For more information about artificial grass in London contact Quickgrass.

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