Gardening should be an enjoyable, minimally stressful activity. It’s a good way to keep busy in an outdoor environment and is great for physical and mental health. For gardeners, wrists and hands are the most important tools you have, but because of this, they are also the most susceptible to pain and injury.
If you are experiencing prolonged pain in the wrists and hands from gardening we recommend seeing a hand therapist to effectively manage symptoms and avoid pain. Here are a few key tips to practice at home too.
1) Warming UpNever underestimate the power of a comprehensive warm up routine. Stretching the hands, wrists, arms and shoulders will ensure your joints and muscles are loose and warm, reducing the risk of repetitive strain injury caused by the gripping, grasping and lifting activities involved with gardening.