Hand and Wrist Stretches for CrochetersBy Rachel Choi – 11 Comments
Do your hands or wrists get tired when you crochet? Do they get sore or cramped up? If so, you’re not alone, it happens to a lot of us. Here are some stretches that I found across the web that may help you stretch your hands and wrists. Of course, all stretches aren’t made for all people, so do what works for you. You can even take small breaks in the middle of crocheting (it always works for me).
ergocise.com – There are quite a few activities for your hand and wrist on this site. There’s even a section for warm ups, stretches and strengthening. It might be more than what you’re looking for, but take a look anyway to see what works for you. This site also has neat animations to show you how to do the suggested hand and wrist movements.
shelterpub.com – This is a quick PDF file which has a few stretches for you to try. It’s intended for people who do a lot of repetitive motion with their hands, wrist and forearms, such as crocheters and even desk workers. This simple worksheet is easy to print out and hang on your wall.
No matter what stretches you decide to do, always be careful while stretching (I don’t want you to hurt yourself). If you’re not sure what stretches are best for you, you can always ask your doctor, he/she is the expert.
Personally, I like to take small breaks if my hands or wrist get sore while crocheting. Sometimes I even flex my fingers or wiggle them around. It’s even a good idea to get up and do something else, then come back to crocheting when you hands feel all better.
How do you like to handle your hand or wrist aches while crocheting? What stretches do you do?