Raised Bed Gardening: The Reality Sets In

By Ketra Crosson, Occupational Therapist, Independent Living Specialist

Since I have been experiencing increased joint issues in my hips, knees, and ankles, I have developed a love/hate relationship with gardening.  I find that I have about a 1-hour tolerance before my body starts to say, “Enough!”.  My activities include repetitive standing-up and kneeling-down; walking on uneven or hard surfaces, or standing in one place for too long.   Even with stopping after 1 hour and doing something else, I can still be very sore and stiff for 1-2 days afterward.   The associated pain I endure with these activities is also energy-sapping.

Maine AgrAbility has developed a short set of yoga stretches to use. These movements can help you to relax and recharge throughout your day to stay healthy. Screenshot of Yoga Stretches for Farmers poster