A fan was just asking me about pains in their shoulders and elbows. I’m not a doctor or prescribing you a solution. I’m just going to share a very quick, but personal story.
In 2011, I thought my career with Mikey was over. In the summer time, I developed severe pains in my left arm. I am right handed when I crochet. A very long story made short… I went through 3 months of constant pain, went through testing as it may have been heart related and etc.
I had read an article about pain in your joints and I had been going to a chiropractor about 6 months prior. I thought to myself… what if my pain is being caused by something else in my body?
I went to the Chiropractor. The guy is pretty good I must say. It was the best $30 I had ever spent! It had turned out that my bone in my right wrist was out of alignment. It’s more than likely that crocheting caused this. This was sending mixed messages to my brain believing that it was my left side that was in pain. The doctor did a quick shift, popped something in my wrist and my pain was instantly gone. It’s been three years now and I haven’t had any issues.
Today, as you will see in the video below is important key factors for crochet comfort. How you sit and the way you support your body is so critical. Your favourite chair in your home may be the same chair causing you the problems. I cannot crochet today without a pillow under my arms to support the proper angle and weight of my arms while I hook. With the pillows, my wrists, elbows and shoulders are all relaxed. I can crochet for hours and hours without any problems.
For an article for another time, your crochet hooks everything to do with your comfort levels. I cannot crochet at all with conventional straight crochet hooks. I was at a convention a few months ago where we were challenged to make as many granny squares as possible. I didn’t get through 1/4 of it and quit. While 7 hours went by and people at the table were cracking one after another, I hadn’t done one! I felt like a fool as being labeled as a crochet guru and yet I am not doing any. Truthfully as well, I think it’s a bit rude to be crocheting while there are fantastic speakers giving advice because taking notes and suggestions are critical for self development. I say that because when I crochet I get into the zone and I don’t tend to talk as I hook. I go silent, go into my thoughts and have my own personal serenity time. Crochet is 100% Me Time!
At the convention, I was given a cheap straight hook to use. I wasn’t going to sit there and injure myself as I had the pain instantly come on. I had left my ergonomic hooks in the hotel room. I didn’t realize we would be crocheting. My hooks have to be ergonomic. I find I over grip straight hooks as I am subconsciously worried about dropping the hook, or not rotating it right. The ergonomic hooks have grooves that match your fingers and your fingers instantly know if your hook isn’t sitting right in your hands.