Ergonomics for Knitters
It’s pretty amazing how information you need finds you. I’ve been having hand and forearm pain for a couple of weeks now. I’m wearing my hand brace at night, taking ibuprofen, and icing it, but it still hurts! I’ve been thinking about taking a break from knitting, but I can’t bring myself to seriously consider it.
Yesterday, I got the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine and I found an article called “No Pain, Just Gain” by Andee Graves! Just what the doctor ordered, if you will.
Here are a couple of exercises from Andee’s article to avoid hand pain from knitting. I’ve done both of three times since discovering them and my hand is feeling better! Amazing!
|Wrist and Forearm Extensor/Flexor Table Stretches|
Extensor Stretch: Sitting back from your desk, straighten your arms and hold your hands flat. Place the back of your hands along the edge of the table. Bending only at the wrist, with fingers pointing at the floor, press gently into the table edge.
Flexor Stretch: Sitting back from your desk or table, straighten your arms and hold your hands fl at. Place your fingers along the edge of the table, bending only at the wrist, with fingers pointing at the ceiling. Press gently into the table edge.
Hands Tendon Glide
Start with your wrists in a neutral position.
STEP 1: Extend your fingers apart and toward the back of your hand.
STEP 2: Relax the extension and curl the top segment of your fingers to the base of your fingers.
STEP 3: Repeat Step 1.
STEP 4: Relax the extension and fold your fingers to the base of your palm.
STEP 5: Repeat Step 1.
STEP 6: Make tight fists.
STEP 7: Repeat Step 1.
Easy and effective! I’ve really been struggling, so thanks, Interweave Crochet.
By the way, there are lots of wonderful knitting patterns in this issue, too, as always. There’s no reason not to dabble in knit and crochet, so why not try a subscription to Interweave Crochet today?