Wait until you feel this kneeling pad

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A kneeling pad that had an inspiring start to it's journey into the homes of many people looking to have a more comfortable bath-time kneeling experience.

What do many of us do when we can't find what we need? We improvise. But, for some this is not good enough - if you can't find what you know will make a difference to your well being, you invent it. And that is exactly how KneePal was created. A few uncomfortable bath-time sessions for a grandmother and KneePal was born. 

There is something so touching about this bath-time kneeler journey to market, you can't help but 'feel' the cushioning comfort.

This unique and highly sought after kneeling pad was conceived by the founder, Ingrid Conroy. After enduring countless uncomfortable hours bathing her grandchildren, she decided to alter the ergonomics of kneeling forever! Her drive for the perfect fit took four years before it was eventually to her satisfaction and ready for everyone to enjoy!

KneePal was manufactured in South Africa and after a successful launch and sales, there was interest in this kneeler from other countries. So, it made it's way into the UK market last year. initially just target baby shows, it is now being sold via our own KneePal dedicated website.

Here Ingrid tells her story about KneePal and the loyal support she received from her family to take her dream to reality. Just goes to show you are never too old to find a gap in the market and fill it. This kneeling pad is used out doors and indoors - in fact anytime you have to kneel to get a job done this kneeling pad will give you the ultimate comfort even if you suffer knee pain from Bursitis or osteoarthritis >>

What the heck is an ergonomic garden kneeler?

A garden kneeler is a mat used to help make kneeling down a little more comfortable.  But, there are kneelers and then there are kneeling pads that do more than just protect your knees from getting wet and muddy.

If, like me you love to potter about in your garden digging in your flower beds or dealing with the dreaded weeds. You would probably agree that the easiest way to tackle these jobs is to kneel down and crack on with it. Even with the smartest gardening tools coming to market there is always a reason to kneel. However, is so easy to get totally absorbed in the job at hand and to forget about the pressure being put on your knees.

Knees cope well as joints of the young but as we head towards our more mature years, taking care of our knees will go a long way to  avoiding pain or injury.

A good quality supportive garden kneeler will ease the pressure of being on your knees. It will also offer comfort and protection against twigs, gravel or bark digging into knees. A good quality kneeling pad saves our lower back from the strain of kneeling too.

Why treat your knees to a kneeler?

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Pain in or around the knee when kneeling can be caused by a fat pad, bursa or tendon injury. Bursitis or housemaids knee where there is swelling of the bursa at the front of the knees, is common when you kneeling. Pain when kneeling can also be due to the position of the knee joint. 

Tendonitis - this is caused by inflammation of the tendons.  A tendon is a tough, flexible band of tissue that attaches muscle to bone. Tendonitis is caused by repetitive body motion or overuse. Tendonitis is most common in the shoulder, elbow, knee, wrist and heel.

Tendinitis of the knee, better known as patellar tendinitis is a common overuse injury amongst distance runners who experience pain below the kneecap.

The major symptom of patellar tendonitis is pain in the area just below the kneecap. Activities like walking, running, squatting, kneeling or jumping will cause increased pain and discomfort. Swelling is also commonly associated with patellar tendonitis. The most common symptoms are pain with any pressure through the tendon e.g. touch or kneeling.

Incorrect posture, not doing stretching exercises prior to participating in a physical activity, doing too much exercise too soon or putting in a 100% in a sport that you only participate in occasionally can all cause over use injury, patellar tendinitis.

The health of your knees is important if you are intending to continue caring for the health of your garden pain-free. Whether avoiding housemaids knee or the symptoms of tendinitis, using a high quality garden kneeler will offer the support and comfort to avoid suffering the symptoms of inflammation around the patellar.

What to look for in a garden kneeler

  • thickness
  • durability, water resistant, easy to clean, light, handle position for easy transportation
  • correct width to allow for comfortable kneeling position
  • full protection when kneeling on rough terrain - no uncomfortable pressure points

KneePal is a garden kneeler that offers additional features and benefits versus a standard foam kneeling pad.

  • KneePal is made of the finest grade water-repellant PVC foam for shock absorption and durability.
  • This garden kneeler is moulded into a shape that cradles and cushions the knees for stability and support.
  • It has a thickness of 5cm and width of 35cm - the ergonomic cushioning means there are no pressure points when kneeling and the moulded design allows you to kneel in an optimal position to avoid lower back pain. The kneeler retains it's soft cushioning shape and won't compress with age. 
  • Resistant to gravel, thorns and sharp objects penetrating the kneeler.
  • Available in a choice of four colours - green, pink, charcoal and aqua.

Kneeling is a position that is difficult to avoid if you are a keen gardener. So, why not do it in style and comfort with this ergonomic garden kneeler! 

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Why We Love Knees (And You Should, Too!)

Inventor, Ingrid Conway who designed, patented and launched KneePal, an ergonomic kneeling pad was once a keen sports woman, gardening enthusiast and busy mom. All those hours spent keeping fit and healthy with few noticeable aches and pains served her well. That is, until she was requested to help her grandchildren with bath-time. It is then that she felt discomfort in her knees while kneeling on the cold, hard tiled floor. The pain became severe enough to drive her to design and have made a kneeling pad that would offer a truly amazing kneeling experience.  

Unlike many other kneelers on the market, KneePal was made in her home country to the highest standards. Everyone told her, "Get it made in China" but Ingrid was determined to have KNEEPAL made in South Africa. Initially it was designed and marketed as a comfortable, waterproof kneeling pad for bathing kids, but it soon gained popularity as a versatile knee pad with many other uses such as for gardening, DIY, working on a car - even tradesman have found this kneeling pad to be very supportive and comforting to the hours spent down on their knees.

KNEEPAL has been specifically designed to cradle and cushion your knees and support your back while kneeling.

So why a kneeling pad?

We need to take good care of our knees. We put mechanical stress on our knees everyday from the time we get out of bed through every step we take. Our knees are designed to deal with the pressure we put on them however, there is a tipping point. When we exceed this our knees become painful. If we take care of our knees it will go along way to avoiding debilitating knee conditions such as osteoarthritis - the most common cause of pain.

How we stand, walk, run, sit and the shoes we wear can all affect the health of our knees. So too can kneeling on hard ground for any length of time. We are passionate about taking care of our knees to avoid reducing your quality of life. Osteoarthritis, bursitis or worse still a knee replacements can be avoided to a large extent by the care we take and here are a few tips to help you.

  • Exercise: This is so important as it builds strong knees. But before participating in any sporting activity we need to stretch first to warm-up the muscles and increase our heart rate. According to Sports Medicine Information, the most important reason for doing a warm up is to prevent injury during exercise.  Spend between 20 minutes and half an hour gradually getting your body ready for physical activity. Jog, jump and stretch. Post physical activity cool-down exercises to prevent injuries are just as important to prevent your muscles seizing-up and preventing lactic-acid build-up. 
  • Body weight: maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the kindest steps you can take to keep your knees happy and pain-free - giving you the quality of life you deserve for yourself. The more weight you gain, the greater the pressure you put on your knees and this pressure is worse when participating in physical exercise. A Body Mass Index (BMI) above 25 starts putting stress on your knees. Obesity is known to be the biggest risk factor for developing osteoarthritis. 

Your body mass index (BMI) takes your height and weight to work out if you are healthy. To work out your BMI divide your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared. 

  • Shoes: A woman's best friend! However, there is a cost to strutting around in inappropriately fitting shoes or with heals that lead to an uneven distribution of body weight on our joints. A Harvard University study found that women who wear high heels have stress across the part of the knee where osteoarthritis usually develops.

  • Posture: A poor posture will lead to knee pain.  Slouching leads to your body leaning forward and walking bent over at the waist.  The more your body is mis-aligned, the more your muscles have to work to compensate for it. This then causes strain on your knees - and other joints. Building good core strength will improve your posture and thereby lessen the pressure put on your knees. Planking exercises are great for building abdominal and lower back strength.
  • Kneeling: It may be an everyday part of your job, being a parent to young children or having a hobby that requires a lot of kneeling. This frequent pressure on the knees is a common cause of knee bursitis. Using a supportive and ergonomic kneeling pad will reduce the pressure on your knees so your quality of life is not compromised through your job or the activities you love. A kneeling pad will provide support and compression to the knee while redistributing pressure away from your kneecap. 

KneePal is a kneeling pad that is specifically designed to give knees the cushioning they need while also supporting your lower back as well as the positioning of your feet when kneeling. KneePal is not to be compared with the foam mats bought at or favourite supermarket or local store. This is a product that took four years of research and development to bring a kneeling pad of high quality to market offering the ultimate in cushioning without lose of shape or support through frequent use.

The high grade polyurethane is moulded into an exact shape to not only protect but the cushion the knees offering extra support.

Why suffer the life changing effects of osteoarthritis or bursitis when you can take these steps to avoid or slow the onset for as long as possible! Love your knees as much as we do!

Don't let kneeling at bath-time take the fun out of this special bonding time with your children or grandchildren. KneePal is like kneeling on a bed of marshmallows - it's that great!

Don't let kneeling at bath-time take the fun out of this special bonding time with your children or grandchildren. KneePal is like kneeling on a bed of marshmallows - it's that great!

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Kneeler that will make you feel like kneeling on marshmallows

Summer in the UK and every keen gardener is out making the most of the great weather. Striving for that lush garden takes hours of digging, pruning and weeding. While this comes with many health attributes, it is our knees and lower back. that often suffer the consequences of hard labour.

The dry, warm weather also inspires many DIY enthusiasts to get started on that project they have been planning through the winter months. This too, offers many positives aspects but if it involves a lot of time on the knees the price paid could be 

So why KneePal?

As with everything there is a choice based on the pro and cons or the features and benefits of a product. The customers service offered and of course, what works for you.

Benefits of a Kneeler 

Poor fitting knee pads in Scruff trousers can be a real irritation when they move out of position when kneeling. Plumbers, oil boiler service engineers, mechanics, carpenters and landscapers often spend a lot of time on their knees so they need comfort and protection. A kneeling mat is a great alternative as it can be placed exactly where needed offering knees the protection they need against hard and often rough surfaces,

KneePal and the benefits is offers

  • light in weight so it is easy to carry around - with a convenient grip for carrying it around
  •  a good thickness to protect knees against the roughest surfaces
  • made of polyurethane cushioning support while holding it's shape for many years of regular use
  • durable 
  • designed and made in South Africa after months of testing to bring you the most enjoyable kneeling experience no matter how painful kneeling is.

 

The kneeler that makes kneeling feel like you are on a bed of marshmallows with all the squidgy cushioning that never loses its shape.

The kneeler that makes kneeling feel like you are on a bed of marshmallows with all the squidgy cushioning that never loses its shape.

Why you should use PRICE therapy and value a kneeling pad

The new acronym for treating knee injuries is PRICE with the 'P' added to the  more common mantra for treating an injury, RICE - rest, ice, compression and elevate. Now the advice is to add protection to support the injured area from further pain. 

Following P.R.I.C.E is particularly effective for soft tissue injuries - muscle, ligament or tendon. The aim is to aid recovery and minimise discomfort. If applied appropriately, following this protocol can speed up recovery. This would apply to any injured joint or area of the body. For the interest of this article, I am focusing on knee injuries and how with the use of a kneeling pad further discomfort can be preventing whenever you have to kneel done post-recovery when niggles still persist.

PRICE therapy explained

Protection - to immobilise from further injury with the use of a brace, crutches or knee guard

Rest - the period of time in which you avoid exercise that adds stress to an injured knee to help speed-up recovery. The emphasis, though is on relative rest. Complete rest will lead to your muscles losing 3 to 5% of it's strength per day that there is no movement. It is important to start moving an injured knee as soon as it is wise to do so to prevent muscles weakening and joint tightening. Light exercises or stretching should be done with the advise of your doctor or physiotherapist.

Ice- apply cold treatments to reduce the swelling and decrease the pain. A bag of frozen peas works really well because it moulds itself nicely around the shape of the joint offering 10 to 15 minutes of cold pain-relief. Avoid placing directly on to the skin. Use an dish cloth or something similar to place around the bag of ice or frozen pea before applying. Apply every two hours until the swelling has gone down.

Compression - using a stretch bandage to reduce the swelling and pain.

Elevation - this should preferably be in line with the heart. When elevating your leg as a result of a knee injury the advice is to remember to add support under the knee as well as the lower leg.  to reducing the pain and swelling related to a knee or any other injury 

Post recovery from some knee related injuries can take time. Sometimes the pain returns when partaking in certain activities whether sports related or due to the physical demands of work. These could be kneeling on a hard surface for periods of time. In such circumstances the use of a kneeling pad or mat can be particularly useful for conditions such as arthritis, bursitis (housemaids knee), anterior knee pain, arthritis or Osgood Schlatters. The kneeling pad provides a soft, cushioning surface to kneel on and reduce pressure through the knee. An ergonomically designed kneeler also helps to spread the weight bearing force going through the knees when kneeling. 

The knee is one of the most common parts of the body to be injured, which can be caused by a twisting or bending force, or as a result of a direct blow during a sporting activity, as a result of a fall, or an accident.

Don't let kneeling be a cause for injury. The cost of investing in a kneeling mat is pennies versus the longterm agony of a persistent injury.

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Are you missing out on saving your knees from pain when kneeling?

As children and young adults, we rarely think about our knees in a way that they could potentially bring us a lot of pain later in life. Our knees get bashed about in sporting activities, crawling over rough terrain in the games we play or we kneel on hard surfaces for long periods fixing a bicycle or tinkering around with a DIY project. While there is no reason to have to worry about our knees in such a way that we avoid participating in contact sports or tearing around on a skate board, we need to be more aware as we get older. Taking preventative steps to avoid unnecessary strain on our bodies as we head towards our more mature years will help avoid a decline in our quality of life.  Wearing knee pads when roller blading or skate boarding is just one example of avoiding trauma to our knees when we fall to the ground - just as a helmet has become almost compulsory for snow boarding and cycling enthusiasts.

Causes of pain in the knee joint

Does kneeling on a hard surface cause you immense pain? Knee pain can be caused be osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, bone chip or bursitis. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of pain when kneeling, during sporting activities or when going about our daily activities. Osteoarthritis is inflammation to the knee causing cartilage to break down. Age, genetics, obesity, prior injuries or a broken bone close to the joint are all factors that can lead to osteoarthritis. 

Reduce knee pain

There is no cure for osteoarthritis but there are ways to minimise the pain.  You can medicate to reduce the pain and swelling,  participate in low impact exercise to keep the joint mobile and control body weight and use a heated wheat bag to relieve pain. 

Bending over rather than kneeling down to do tasks such as weeding could be counter productive. Lower back pain is as debilitating. Using a kneeling pad or cushion to protect your knees will also help reduce pain to your lower pain. Kneeling for long periods may also be a daily reality in your profession. Here we share reasons to invest in a kneeling pad - the KneePal kneeling pad ergonomically designed to support knees and lower back when kneeling >>

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