Ergonomic Gardening Tools Ease Gardening Pain and Injuries
Gardening is fun and one of the most popular hobbies or activities worldwide. It is also needed to supply wholesome food to people and it benefits the environment. But gardening can be work. With proper tools and time saving garden techniques you can cut out much of the time and muscle ache that can occur from gardening.
I recently switched all my gardening tools to Ergonomic Gardening tools.
Ergonomic Gardening tools are tools that are made to transfer the energy of your large muscles to the work end of the tool. This takes stress off of your muscles and will lead to you being less tired after a day in the garden. They feature specially shaped handles that will keep your body in a neutral position easing back stress and pain.
Ergonomic gardening tools help minimize discomfort for arthritis sufferers. They also reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Even if you don’t have any of these problems using tools that help prevent injury or muscle stress will only be a benefit to your muscles and health.
Here are a few useful tips and tools to help with your gardening:
- Look for tools with a lightweight but thick shaft for ease of manipulation and a firm grip.
- Trowels and cultivators should have curved handles that keep the wrist in a neutral position to prevent fatigue and strain.
- If you have carpal tunnel you may want to use one of their support braces to help with any additional stress.
- Use a gardening kneeler to aid in your knees becoming tired. They also come with raised handles that will give you a lift when you rise to a standing position. An added plus to the raised handles is that you can flip the stool over and it will become a bench for working on potted plants.
- A reaching stick will help you retrieve small objects without bending down. They can also be used to drop plants in planting holes. This will help with strain on your back. You will find reaching sticks at medical supply stores.
- There are tool called telescoping tools. These include rakes, hoes, brooms and pruning tools. The handle length of these tools will adjust. This takes stress off your back that happens from unnecessary reaching while working in the garden.
- Use ergonomic pruning tools with a ratchet to cut through thick stems easily with minimal exertion. You insert the stem into the clipper, squeeze until the blades meet the stem, and release. The ratchet then applies the cutting force. This is my favorite garden tool. I do a lot of clipping of shrubbery and this tool has cut down on muscle fatigue.
- Use a wheelbarrow. It is one of the most unappreciated tools in garden and yard work. Two-wheeled wheelbarrows are easier to use and you are not trying to stabilize the wheelbarrow, which strain back muscles. I have one two-wheel wheelbarrow and one garden cart.
- A garden cart works even better for those with lifting restrictions. They are much more stable and roll well. I put larger loads of compost and garden matter in my garden carts. And don’t forget a small wagon. They work well for harvesting crops and hauling eater if you need to.
Ergonomic tools will help you immensely in your garden and yard. I would also look into easy watering methods to save back strain and time
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