Why does my hand hurt?
- Is it the hook I use?
- Is it the yarn I use?
- Am I crocheting for too many hours a day?
I might have to stop crocheting if this pain keeps up!
What are some of the reasons we have pain when crocheting?
It would easy to say it is all blamed on the repeating motions we make. But the truth is, we are just too excited and into the project we are working on that we may be holding the hook too tight. We may not being taking enough breaks while working on the project and we go from one project to another without stopping to exhale let alone give our hands a break. So with this in mind, let’s look at the things we can do to prevent the pain.
(Disclaimer: This is not meant to replace advice from your doctor. Seek a doctor’s opinion on any possible medical problem or treatment.)
There are tools that are available that claim to help our hands feel more comfortable or ease the pain.
There is the ‘comfort grips’ or ‘gel style pencil grips’. There are even hooks made with special shaped handles that claim this too. There are also some special gloves that claim to help the hands be stress free. The cost for these items, range from a few dollars, up to seventy-five dollars.
Before we buy these products maybe we should look at this a different way.
Would you start running a marathon without warming up? Would you lift weights without building strength first? Would you fry frog legs without warming up the oil? Ok, that one doesn’t fit! LOL
Truth is we have to prepare our hands, in the same way that the athletes prepare their bodies, to begin. Our hands have muscles in them that may not be used to the twists and turns we put them through and we expect them to perform!
- Do not forget that everyone deserves a break.
- I am not saying take a break for days, I mean take a break and do something else for an hour or two. This will give your hard working muscles time to absorb more oxygen and energy and be able to hop back into hooking for you.
Posture, the way we sit, makes a huge difference too!
- Is there pressure on your elbows as you ‘rest’ them on the arms of the chair? do you hold your shoulders up stiff-like?
- Do you slouch?
- “Sit up straight” as my mother would have said LOL for the of &&% SIT UP! 😉
- Putting a soft cushion or pillow under your elbows, and behind your back will help your posture and ease the pressure on the nerves in your elbows.
Then there is that horrible horrible word that threatens to kill us …. EXERCISE!!!
Ok, not really exercise, but at lease warm ups. We need to help our muscles help us to achieve the task without pain. Here are some suggestions that I have come up with for you to try.
- 1. Prayer Hands – Using the position of prayer hands with your thumbs at the middle of your chest. Hold in upright position for a few seconds, and then turn your hands downward holding the same position. So your hands are up in prayer position, then down in prayer position. This movement should be felt in your wrists while getting an excellent stretch in your fingers. Do 10-12 repetitions.
- 2. Shaking Hands – This is simple and fun. Simply hold out your hands in front of your body and shake them. This movement should be felt in your wrists and your hands. Shake your hands for 10-20 seconds.
- 3. Double Wave – Hold your 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 your hands down bending at the wrists. Move your hands up, then down. This is similar to the prayer hands exercise, except your hands are not pressed together. This movement should be felt in your wrists while providing a nice stretch for your hands, including the fingers.
- 4. Shoulder Flex – In a standing position, hold a stick in both hands, shoulder length apart. Raise your arms over your head, keeping your elbows straight, and lower your arms back to the beginning position. Do 20 repetitions.
- 5. Shoulder Spread – While standing, clasp your hands behind your head and tuck your chin down. Lift your head and spread your elbows as far as you can to the sides. Then return to the starting position. Do 20 repetitions.
There are many types of warm up and strengthening exercises that you can do. You can even ask your doctor for suggestions.
Do you have hand pains? What do you do to prevent hand pain? Do you have some more tips to share with us?