Soothe Your Tired Handscomments (4) May 22nd, 2008
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!