Soothe Your Tired Hands

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Remember to use your right hand to push the left hand (with palm up) toward you instead of just moving the left hand into position.
Be sure to keep your arm slightly bent, and dont hyperextend your elbow.
Remember to use your right hand to push the left hand (with palm up) toward you instead of just moving the left hand into position.

Remember to use your right hand to push the left hand (with palm up) toward you instead of just moving the left hand into position.

Photo: Linda Permann

We all love to crochet (I assume that’s why you’re reading), but sometimes there can come a point where it all becomes too much. A couple of years ago, I spent many painful months in physical therapy with tendonitis in both wrists, and it took me quite some time to get back to my crochet routines. But I did learn this simple stretch to help relieve some of the tension.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and if you do experience repeated pain while crocheting, it is best to consult one (and the first thing you should do is STOP your crochet marathons!). That said, utilizing this stretch before, during, and after crocheting can help relieve some of the tension in your wrists.

Step 1: Hold your left arm out, palm up. Do NOT overextend your elbow—your arm should be slightly bent, not “locked” in place. With your right hand, gently push your left hand down, hold for a few seconds.

Step 2: Hold your left arm out, palm down. Again, do not overextend your elbow. Use your right hand to push your palm up,  hold for a few seconds.

Repeat this process for your right hand. It only takes a few minutes, and you should be able to feel the gentle stretch in your wrist and arm. Also, remember to get up and move around every 20 minutes or so while you are crocheting; it will give your hands a break and might also help you remember to maintain good posture while you work.

Here’s to healthy crochet habits!

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Comments (4)

LAML writes: Per my physical therapist, warm up (get blood flow going) before all stretching (jumping jacks, dancing, etc.) otherwise you tear the muscle durign the stretch. The stretches above are some of those they recommended to me...including moving the wrist left and right while holding a bottle of water or can of food (while the forearm is planted on a table) to strengthen the area which is weak and can get inflammed and therefore no longer allow the hand to close and open temporarily (ice is best if that happens and these excercises). These were also the recommendations of the naturopath I saw for the same reason. Arnica, particularly in the strength used in Traumeel by Heel of Germany can really help with that temporary inflammation but is not found at regular pharmacies and they seem never to have heard of it.
Posted: 4:10 pm on January 13th
BARBANCHE writes: Linda, it's a faboulous class, dear! We really need to do it! Thanks a lot - I posted this nice info in my blog linkink this your post here. Love! Deborah/BARBANCHÊ.
http://barbanche.blogspot.com
Posted: 7:45 pm on March 3rd
LindaPermann writes: that souds like a cool class! sorry you missed it.
Posted: 4:52 pm on June 1st
ShiningStar writes: This is very helpful. Acouple of years ago a LYS had a Yoga for Knitter's Class. At that time I didn't knit or crochet so I didn't get to go to the class. I wish I did.
Posted: 2:18 pm on May 26th
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