It is time for my final blog post in the self-care when crafting series.
In this part I would like to talk about hand and wrist support. As avid knitters and crocheters we have all been there. Trying to finish off that project, and one more row turns into good few hours. The next day your hands are swollen and painful. This is most probably caused by repetitive strain injury (RSI), you can even develop sharp stabs that accompany this sort of injury. Sometimes you may find you have lost sensation in your hands.
Theses are unfortunate realities for many knitters and crocheters and any signs of pain and discomfort should be treated medically. With RSI, prevention is better than cure, and regular stretches and breaks can help prevent that, as I explained in my exercise blog.
To be brutally honest you should treat it as a sign to give your hands a much-needed rest, so they can recover. The sensitive and swollen tendons can repair fully. But as all of us know, finishing this project takes precedence over everything.
Lots of knitters and crocheters turn to compression support for their painful hands. I have used them as well when working on my last book.
There are plenty on the market to choose from. I personally like the fingerless ones as I feel I have more control over the yarn. Some people swear by the gloves with only the tips cut off on fingers or the braces.
When I decided I needed support, I went for the standard, cheap elasticated tubular support you can buy at any chemist and most supermarkets. The ones you cut the whole in for your thumb. I have to say it worked really well for me.
Then my lovely husband upgraded it to CS Medic one with the thumb hole already cut out…. fancy!!
Both of them have served me really well.
You can now buy some amazing compression support that lots of people find useful. Below is a list I was recommended. I have not used them myself but heard from people who have.
Compression gloves help relieve the aches from knitting and crocheting, especially when you have arthritis, they protect your hands and cushion the repetitive movements. They are designed to support vital parts of your hands.
1: Lion Brand Stress Relive Gloves – Fingerless, they are designed to enhance blood flow and massage muscles.
2: Crafter’s Comfort Gloves – Made from a seamless, lightweight, soft cotton/Lycra® compression knit. The unique design helps improve circulation, reduce swelling, and relieve arthritis pain. They are open finger design.
3: Neo G Comfort/Relief Arthritis – Two types of interchangeable, adaptable, multi-purpose gloves for optimum mobility, flexibility, warmth and comfort. Open Fingertip Design for freedom of touch, feel and grip.
4: Rehband QD Knitted Wrist Support – It is designed to relieve pain and reduce inflammation; it is lightweight so allows a greater level of movement.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and the information here and the blogs in self-care series does not constitute medical advice. It’s just helpful tips from me and some of my friend who use the hands supports, as we have experienced pain from crocheting and knitting.