Arthritis is an extremely common condition, affecting around 10 million people here in the UK. Whilst it can affect people of all ages, including children, arthritis mainly affects people who around 50 and older.
There are two types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, with the latter being the most common. Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint pain, inflammation of and around the joints, and stiffness and weakness in the joints. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but there are treatments that can slow down the progression and help to relieve symptoms. These include painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids and physiotherapy.
Lifestyle changes can also help to lessen the severity of arthritis symptoms. As we get older and our body starts to change, it can be frustrating to find that we are unable to do all of the things we once could, but having arthritis doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your favourite hobbies – they just need to be adjusted to suit your changing needs.
One Such Example is Gardening
Gardening is a popular pastime for many, but it can be particularly strenuous for arthritis sufferers. Activities such as mowing an expansive lawn, extensive kneeling and carrying out fiddly tasks can be tough for those with arthritis. But it shouldn’t be abandoned altogether. In fact, gardening can be a great way to keep levels of physical activity up.
With some tweaks to both gardening practices and the layout of the garden, people with arthritis can still get their fingers green!
Here are some tips for making a garden arthritis friendly:
Get The Right Tools For The Job
Ensuring you have the correct tools can make life so much easier when you have arthritis. Even making slight amends to the tools you already have can make a world of difference. Attaching a rubber grip to hand held tools such as rakes or shovels can simultaneously improve grip and ease the pressure on joints. Alternatively, a good pair of rubber gloves can do the same.
Switching to lightweight or long-handled tools is a good idea as this also takes a lot of pressure off the joints. As does a garden stool which can be used to reach low flower beds without extended bending and straining of the knees.
Select Plants That Need Minimal Attention
The kinds of plants, flowers and fruit that you have in your garden can make maintaining it that much easier. Certain plants need more attention than others. For example, traditional herbaceous borders need to be weeded, staked, pruned and divided regularly and should be avoided. However, plants such as lavender, periwinkle and cranesbill can take care of themselves once they have rooted in. Using wildflower seeds to create a wildlife area is also a good idea as they don’t usually need tending.
Switch to Artificial Grass
Having a large lawn does look beautiful but the upkeep can be pretty strenuous. Lawnmowers are heavy and for joints with arthritis, can be a big ask. There’s also the scale of the general upkeep. Weeding can be fiddly work and too much for someone with arthritis. By switching to artificial grass, the aesthetic of the natural lawn is kept, and means it doesn’t have to be paved over or replaced with gravel. But crucially, it requires next to no maintenance. This allows more time for the enjoyable jobs!
Whether you’re a residential homeowner who needs to make some changes to their garden, or you run a care home with a number of residents who love to garden, contact us about switching to artificial grass today. Whether you’re looking for residential artificial grass or commercial artificial grass installation – AGP Grass can help!