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How to stop joint pain getting in the way of your gardening

By Rose C
03rd April 2020

Don’t let joint pain stop you in your tracks!

The prospect of self-isolating can be a daunting one to some, but new research has revealed that happiness can be found at the bottom of the garden.
 
According to a study conducted by the World Happiness Index, getting fresh air, particularly from activities such as gardening, provides the highest levels of exhilaration (Versus Arthritis). 
 
Whilst gardening can also be a great way to keep active and boost overall health, the repetitive actions involved can put strain on the joints and prove particularly troublesome for joint pain sufferers.  Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people in the UK, with one third of the population aged over 45 having sought treatment for the condition (Versus Arthritis).  The prevalence of OA is also thought to be on the rise, and Versus Arthritis estimates that by 2035, 8.3 million people in the UK could have OA of the knee: one of the most commonly affected joints. So, as more of us aim to get out and reap the rewards of our outdoor spaces, we have five top tips for those struggling with joint pain to help them enjoy the nation’s favourite pastime.

See these simple tips to help ease the aches and pains:

1. Use the right tools

To avoid overreaching, long handled tools or light-weight apparatus may prove for an easier time gardening. Keeping your gardening tools in good condition could also help avoid unnecessary strain.

2. Take the right things

Research has found that joint health supplements can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, and improve joint mobility.

Consultant rheumatologist, Dr Rod Hughes, has told us that “Now the side effects of paracetamol are well documented, it is imperative that we look at safer, long-term alternatives for those living with joint pain. One such option could be the galactolipid GOPO®, a natural compound derived from the seeds and husks of rosehip, which has been shown in randomized, placebo controlled clinical trials to significantly reduce arthritis joint pain.”

3. Switch manual for electric

Swapping certain manual tools for electric ones could make all the difference. This is because repeating strenuous motions can cause aggravation to the joints. For example, using a hedge trimmer in place of manual garden shears lessens the harsh movements on the joints in your elbows and shoulders.

4. Make the space work for you

Using apparatus such as a gardening bench or a potting table helps to ease any strain when it comes to crouching or stooping. This also allows you to work at a comfortable level. If you intend to kneel, use knee pads, which are provided with some benches. This makes it easier to move from a sitting position to a kneeling one. You can purchase these as hard, or soft, pads that strap onto the knees, or individual pads that act like little cushions to kneel on.

5. Stretch it out

Not just reserved for running, warming up, and particularly stretching, before gardening could help increase your flexibility and allow you to work for a longer period of time, whilst stretching afterwards should help to prevent stiffening of the joints later on.

This is a promotional blog post provided by GOPO®

Stockist Details: GOPO is found only in GOPO® Joint Health capsules, £19.52 for 120 capsules from supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide. It is advised that GOPO® is taken for a minimum period of 3 months. For information visit gopo.co.uk

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