National Gardening Week: Weed out unwanted joint pain

With the country’s biggest annual celebration of gardening, National Gardening Week, just around the corner (1st – 7th May), there is no better time to flex your green fingers whilst enjoying the great outdoors. However, making the most of our gardens may be easier said than done for those 17 million adults in the UK affected by a musculoskeletal condition1.

This years’ theme is to ‘create your coronation container’ to celebrate His Majesty King Charles III and his love of horticulture, providing a great way to keep active and boost wellbeing. Often considered as the nations’ favourite past time, gardening has seen significant growth in popularity, with the Horticultural Trade Association estimating that as many as 3 million new growers have taken up gardening in recent years, with over half of these over the age of 453.

However, with one third of the population over the age of 45 also having sought treatment for osteoarthritis4, an inflammatory condition affecting joints damaged by wear and tear, many may struggle to fully reap the rewards of their outdoor spaces. The repetitive actions, heavy lifting and hard-to-reach positions involved in gardening can put a strain on the joints, causing pain and stiffness that may prove particularly troublesome for joint pain sufferers.


Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes and adding a research-backed supplement to your diet have been shown to preserve and improve your joint health.

Consultant rheumatologist Dr Rod Hughes comments: "We can help to protect our joints and effectively treat joint pains by using a clinically proven joint and soft tissue supplement such as rose-hip extract prepared as the galactolipid, GOPO®. This has been shown in multiple clinical studies to help protect joint cartilage whilst reducing pain and inflammation, and should certainly be considered at the early onset of even mild joint pain.”

So, as our love of gardening continues to flourish into the Spring, we have top tips for those struggling with joint pain to help them enjoy the nation’s favourite pastime;

Use the right tools

To avoid overreaching and heavy lifting, long handled tools or light weight apparatus may prove for an easier time gardening. Consider swapping manual for electric to lessen the harsh movements on your joints and keep your gardening tools in good condition to avoid unnecessary strain.


Get to the Root of the Problem

Consider incorporating a daily supplement to reduce stiffness and improve joint mobility. GOPO® Joint Health is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory treatment made from 100% specially cultivated rose-hip, proven to reduce joint pain and swelling, improving joint mobility and activity levels5-9. In one study, 8 out of 10 patients reported a significant reduction in joint pain after just 3 weeks of taking GOPO®7 daily.


Switch it up

Kneeling or bending over for long periods of time can increase the strain on your joints and back, so remember to vary your activities and keep moving to prevent staying in the same position for too long. If beginning to ache, take a short break or try something different to allow your body to recover.


Make the space work for you

Using apparatus such as a gardening bench or potting table helps ease any strain when it comes to crouching or stooping. This also allows you to work at a comfortable level. If you intend to kneel, use knee pads, which are provided with some benches. This makes it easier to move from a sitting position to a kneeling one.


Stretch it out

Stretching and warming up before gardening could help increase your flexibility and allow you to work for a longer period of time, whilst stretching afterwards should help prevent stiffening of the joints later on.




  1. The Joint Health of the Nation Report, 2018
  2. GlobalData Retail intelligence Center, May 2020,
  3. Horticultural Trade Association, Retail Monitor Report, September 2020
  4. Arthritis Research UK
  5. Schwager J, Richard N, Wolfram S. Anti-inflammatory and chondro-protective effects of rose hip powder and its constituent
  6. Rein E, Kharazmi A, Winther K. A herbal remedy, Hyben Vital (stand. Powder of a subspecies of Rosa canina fruits), reduces pain and improves general wellbeing in patients with OA – a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial. Phytomedicine 2004
  7. Christensen R et al.  Does the hip powder of Rose canina (rosehip) reduce pain in osteoarthritis patients? – a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, Osteoarthritis Cartilage (2008)
  8. Schwager J, Richard N, Wolfram S. Anti-inflammatory and chondro-protective effects of rosehip powder and its constituent galactolipids GOPO Poster presentation at the World Congress of Osteoarthritis (OARSI) 2008
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