5 Tips for Gardening with Arthritis
June 5, 2018
Gardening is not just a fun outdoor hobby. According to Agrability, it is also a great way to maintain joint flexibility, bone strength, and “range of motion.” If you suffer from arthritis, you may think that gardening is no longer a feasible activity for you. From managing your discomfort, to choosing the best gardening tools for arthritis, the following five tips will help ease your pain and get you back in your garden.
1. Try Planting Perennials Instead of Annuals to Cut Workload
Per Pain Free Living Life, perennials are plants that come back year after year, thus requiring a lot less work than annual plants, which only grow for one season. Perennials include peonies, day lilies, black-eyed susans, and many other options for your garden. These beautiful, low maintenance plants are a great way to keep your garden full of flowers at less physical expense on your body.
2. Minimize Overhead Work with Arthritis-Friendly Gardening Tools
Arthritis can affect multiple joints and limit one’s ability to lift, reach, and carry. The Gardening Cook offers great tips for gardening with arthritis. For example, when working with hanging planters, use long-handled tools like a watering wand to avoid consistent straining and over-reaching. Plus, it is lighter than carrying a watering can. In addition, a gardening tool with a rubberized handle allows for easier gripping for arthritic hands.
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3. Elevate Your Gardening Beds and Spend Less Time Kneeling
A simple, yet effective way to reduce time spent kneeling and squatting is to use an elevated gardening bed or planter. Everyday Health states that working at waist-level in raised beds and pots will minimize stress on your back and knees. Try using a gardening seat or bench to garden at the same level as your plants.
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4. Wear Gardening Gloves to Protect Hands and Add Cushion
When gardening, there are many practical reasons to wear gloves. Gardening gloves keep hands clean and protect against cuts and bacteria. In addition, gloves help safeguard joints from cooler weather. According to Green Thumbs, purchasing gloves a size or two too large and lining the inside with foam padding is an easy way to create a nice buffer.
(Source: The Gardening Cook)
5. Use Wheels to Save Time and Take Pressure Off Arthritic Hands
Athletico points out that transporting gardening supplies can be both a hassle and a burden. A cart, wagon, or wheelbarrow can make moving plants, water, and supplies much faster and more simple. Rolling supplies in a wheelbarrow can also take pressure off the wrists, fingers, and hands relying more on strength from the forearms.
Working in a garden has many health benefits and is a great way to relax. With the proper preparation, plants, and tools now in your arsenal, we hope that you are prepared to combat your arthritis pain and enjoy your pastime once again, or, even pick up a new hobby!