A few rainy days have really seen those weeds grow! With the holiday season approaching its time to get the garden looking nice, but with all of that kneeling in store how can you best avoid “achey knees”?
Repetitive kneeling and squatting places a lot of unnecessary stress on our knee joints, all of which can lead to overuse injuries like bursitis and tendonitis. But how can you still pull weeds and spread the mulch without causing a knee problem?
The solution is to spread out these tasks with other odd jobs around the home. Do a little bit of weeding interspersed with pruning or watering, or weed one garden bed then resting before moving on to the next. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference this can make, and you knees will thank you for it!
Other things that can help your knees is to kneel on an old folded towel. The extra padding with cushion the front of your knees against the hard ground, dispersing the pressure away from sensitive tendons and the bursa under the knee cap. Another handy tip is to sit on a small stool or bucket turned up. This will help you avoid all of that squatting, which doesn’t do wonders for you back or hips also.
The first way to treat a knee problem is to prevent it, so try these suggestions when you attempt to tackle the garden in the coming weeks. There are a range of knee supports and braces that may also help your knees. If you are concerned about how your knees will handle gardening, come and speak to one of our friendly physio’s at The Physio Clinic. They would be more than happy to help with looking at the knee supports available or giving you some exercises to help.
If you have already experienced some knee discomfort, it is best to have it checked before it develops into a bigger injury, and to ensure you can have your garden looking its best for the festive season.
For more information call The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
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