Easy Exercises for CrochetersBy Tameko Barnette – 18 Comments
Crochet enthusiasts everywhere may have a similar challenge when working on creative projects – tired hands and wrists. This is quite common actually, but we’re never instructed as to how to handle this particular issue.
Crochet, like any other daily activity, can create rigidity and discomfort in the hands and wrists. With this in mind, here are a few easy exercises to rejuvenate and relax both the hands and wrists.
1. Prayer Hands – Using the familiar position of prayer hands with the thumbs at the middle of the chest. Hold in upright position for a few seconds, then turn your hands downward holding the same position. So the hands are up in prayer position, then down in prayer position. This movement should be felt in the wrists while getting an excellent stretch in the fingers. Do 10-12 repetitions.
2. Shaking Hands – This is simple and fun. Simply hold out the hands in front of the body and shake them. This movement should be felt in the wrists and the hands. Shake your hands for 10-20 seconds.
3. Double Wave – Hold the hands up in front of the body at chest level as if you are about to wave hello or good-bye to someone with fingers spread, then bring the hands down bending at the wrists. Move the hands up, then down. This is similar to the prayer hands exercise, except the hands are not pressed together. This movement should be felt in the wrists while providing a nice stretch for the hands, including the fingers.
While these are just a few great hand and wrist exercises, with a little research, you can find more exercises to help your hands and wrists so you can continue to enjoy your crochet projects with less pain and discomfort.
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