Well, I have fibromyalgia, a bad back, and arthritis in my hands, knees and hips
as well as chronic tendonitis. The knee things don't help! What does help is
moving around a lot. I also bought a few of those kneeling pads, the soft
spongy ones, but I found a few which were twice the size of the older versions
which were about 9 inches wide. I pile them on top of one another and kneel on
Actually, the only thing that works is when I'm finished gardening, I take a
swim a hot tub and a nice cup of tea with a few darvons PRN!
I try to do all the weeding by bending from the waist. My back doesn't mind
that. If I want to be on my knees, the garden kneeler is a godsend. It gives
my poor knees a pad and it makes it easy to get up. Otherwise I kind of flop
around trying to get my knees to lift me.
Marilyn in Ohio
firstname.lastname@example.org (Allview) wrote in message
well, son of a gun, Marilyn... i may have to change my mind on the
kneeler.. i had/have? .. a ruptured disk and my doc recommended a
surgeon, but i opted for trying to get it to heal naturally and it is
doing really well, but gets a bit finnicky if i do too much bending
and lifting, like heavy hoeing or lifting bags of cow pooh etc. it is
that i have a number of things that i thought would really be great
that i don't or can't use any more and didn't want to buy another
white elephant. guess i'll have to try finding one in a garage
For a while there, when I could still walk, I had trouble getting
up and down. My kneeler was INVALUABLE as an assistant in this
process. It was also a wonderful, lightweight moveable seat for
doing anything that I could get at by being 18" off the ground.
Personally, I found it less helpful as an actual kneeler because
the inconvenience of having to constantly reposition it as I
moved along was less than the value of the padding. For that, a
pair of shin guards -- the kind with hard plastic outside and
soft padding -- worked much better. The result of this, of
course, was that I'd use the kneeler to get down; then find
myself pretty far away when I wanted to get back up. My DH was
constantly having to bring it to me until I got really good at
working in circles. :)
thought i'd like to have one but after seeing the price tag.... i'm
too stingy to buy one. i think that, as others have noted, that it is
hard to have to get off of it to move it every few feet or so. what
has helped me more than anything.. still have to move it frequently
however... is a new 5 gallon paint bucket with a lid. with its lid
side up i can sit comfortably on it, pick it up by its bail to move it
and use a large walking stick, like a shilali, to help me get up and
down. i think the kneeler would be good to help one get up and down
probably more than the shilali, as in my case my hands and wrists are
in not too great a condition.
i think what i need to do is to learn to use a long handled hoe or
scuffling tool to do a lot of the weeding or cultivating rather than
having to bend or sit or kneel.
I've got a seat that turns over for kneeling. It's fine for sitting, but I
haven't tried kneeling on it. My lower back starts hurting when I'm in a
sitting position bending over to work so this isn't the best solution for
me. Also, one of my knees is awfully fussy and doesn't like to bend at all,
much less bear weight, so I've avoided using the overturned chair for
kneeling. But, I bought a pair of knee pads at Home Depot that are like
kneeling on a cloud! These things were made for construction work, not
gardening, and have a hard plastic side lined with some kind of foam that is
wonderfully soft yet supportive. I worked on my knees for several hours
without any pain!
Thanks everyone for the replies! I did buy a garden kneeler (they were on
sale) and this is the one Paul James recommends. The way the legs are
formed are good for our soil (soil? did I say soil?, er, mean sand) down
here in Florida. Hoeing is not an option because of where the weeds are, so
hand-pulling is easier, on me!
thanks, buckethead.. i knew it was probably wrong when i wrote it but
i couldn't think of the other word that would have described it and
still can't!!! :) i am geting old and the part of my brain that spells
and remembers what i did this morning has ... now ..what were we
.......oh ! oh! ...cudgel!!!! cudgel!!!! that's was the word i was
looking for... but probably not spelled right either!! pleas let me
know if it isn't as it is not in my spell checker. thanks again,
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