A few months ago I thought I was getting carpel tunnel syndrome! I had shooting pain in my wrist and up half my arm.
It was scary especially because my business depends on my being able to crochet & type. So I did some research and found out that what I had wasn’t carpel tunnel(thankfully) but repetitive motion pain.
I didn’t have to go to the doctor or use drugs, I could just change some of the things I was doing to reduce or even get rid of the pain naturally and easily. Whew, what a relief!
Have you had that experience? Where you feel pain and you’re almost afraid to find out what it’s from? Well, I understand and I want to help you with the information I found.
A lot of the crochet pain we have is because we’re so excited about our projects that we can’t put them down. For me, sometime it’s because I have a deadline and feel I can’t take a break.
Well, whether it’s because you’re excited, under deadline or churning pieces out for a show, it’s important to protect your hands as valuable assets.
What causes crochet pain?
Using cushions/Cushioned Hooks
Hand & wrist exercises
– Move your wrists in a circular motion as soon as you put your work down to stretch instantly. Here’s an article on ways to help strengthen your wrists.
– Tension ball squeezes are just what it sounds like. Get yourself a small tension ball, place it in the palm of your hand and squeeze it tightly for 3 seconds, then release, do that 10 to 15 times to help strengthen your wrists.
– Finger Exercises: One of the most common ways to exercise your hands are the stretch exercises done with your fingers. They’re great when taking a break from crochet.
- Stretch out all your fingers as strongly as you can, roll into a fist with the thumb on the outside and squeeze for about 5 seconds, then stretch again. Do that about 10 times to get crochet pain to scatter!
- Touch the tips of your fingers to your thumb in succession. Whatever your do, make sure to stretch well and loosen your muscles.
I do the same things when I’m watching TV without my crochet. The less stress you put on your wrists and hands when you’re not crocheting, the more likely you are NOT to experience crochet pain.
This is a brief list of things to help keep your hands crochet healthy! Do you have any suggestions to add? I’d love to read about them in the comments below. Hope you will love this!