You shouldn't have to pay for being on your knees often. Frequent kneeling on a hard or rough surface can result in pain a inflammation to the knee. Or, in medical terms this is known as Bursitis when there is inflammation and swelling of the bursa - a fluid-filled sac which forms under the skin of a joint. I acts as a cushion between the tendons and bones.
Bursitis most commonly occurs in the shoulder, elbow, knee and hip. When the knee is affected it is referred to by the layman's term 'housemaid's knees' - this usually happens after spending long periods of time kneeling down, putting pressure on the kneecap. Historically, housemaids spent long periods of time on their knees scrubbing floors, hence the term 'housemaid's knee'.
A bursa can become inflamed through injury or repetitive movement. People who spend a lot of time kneeling are at increased risk of developing bursitis. Should you have the misfortune of suffering from Bursitis the most appropriate treatment is rest and applying ice to the affected joint area. Painkillers taken according to the recommended dosage regime will also help relieve symptoms and speed up recovery.
There are precautions you can put in place to prevent the risk of suffering from bursitis such as doing proper warm-up exercises and using a kneeling pad for all jobs and hobbies that require frequent kneeling. For static kneeling, the KneePal has proved an ideal kneeling pad for all the benefits as listed in this infographic. The kneeling experience as verbalised by many is "simply heavenly - as if floating on air!". For jobs where you are constantly up and down kneeling in different places through the day, then kneed pads built into clothing or strapped to the knees is likely to a better option. KneePal is ideal for the keen gardener, in the home at bath-time, mechanics or carpenters.
The advice from the NHS is " You should take care if you have a job or hobby that involves kneeling for a long time or frequently. In such cases, you should use thick foam cushions or knee pads. Knee pads should especially be used by people who have already had an episode of housemaid's knee, in order to prevent it from coming back.
Wait until you feel the pleasure of kneeling with KneePal!