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Maker season is upon us and now more than ever, yarn is on our hooks and needles. Many of you are working away at every chance that you can get to make those holiday gifts to market prepping. You may be experiencing some wrist and hand pains and discomforts from working so much. It can be so disheartening to have to stop making for long periods of time. Fibre crafting is what many of us look forward to in the day, and not being able to work on our WIP’s can be depressing. We took to our Facebook Group and asked members what they do when they experience these cramps and pains.
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Disclaimer- these are advice given from people like you and me. If you feel like your pains and discomforts are worsening over time, please seek medical attention and visit your doctor or professional who can further help your joint and muscle pains. Do not use listed advice in replacement for medical intervention.
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“I have arthritis and nerve damage and occasionally my hand will just fall completely asleep like a foot does. I find what really helps the most with the problem, is properly adjusting your body. Lots of us crochet in bed, or on the couch, and this leaves you preforming fine, repetitive movements all with zero support to your arms and hands. Sitting in a chair that promotes good posture, and at a table, is a great way to avoid stressing your elbow, hands, and wrists, instead of just treating the symptoms” -Laura P.
“Take more breaks or an adjustable support band”- Saskia Z.
“Massage, stretch, msm spray, CBD rub.”- Tonja B.
“I use a hand cream that leaves no residue to massage my hands in between when I take a break.. Also use ergonomic needles to crochet amigurumi with” -Barbara S.
“Breaks and stretches! However dont be dumb (like me)and if you notice heightened pain after stretching even if it’s not right away, take yourself to a doctor or physio if you already see one.” -Renee C.
“Kinesio tape on my arm. I tape for tennis elbow.”- Kelly W.
“Listen to your body. Stretch and rest. If you have an abnormal pain, don’t power through, just rest if your body needs it. And just normal muscle tensing while working, take a small break. Maybe shake out your hands or relax them. I don’t have arthritis but I have had a couple of hand injuries.” -Jessie B.
“I use bamboo needles, which has made a difference for me. I also stretch/massage my hands.” -Megs J.
“Stretch. Your hands have muscles just like the rest of your body if you don’t stretch before working out you will be sore and or risk injuring yourself. Your wrists are no different.” -Erica L.