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.