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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