Ever since I had tendonitis a few months ago, I have been busy figuring out ways to prevent my wrist from hurting while crocheting.
Below are some of the things that have worked for me to minimize pain in my wrist and hand.
Note: These tips work for both right and left-handed crocheters.
5 Hand Health Tips For Crocheters
1.Change your grip on the hook.
There are two ways to hold a crochet hook, the “pencil” grip and the “knife” grip. Changing your hold on the hook can really make a difference in how long you can crochet without your hand hurting.
Adjusting to a new of holding the hook may take some time, but is worth it in the end when you can crochet for long periods of time without your hand hurting.
2. Ergonomic crochet hooks.
These really made a difference when I started having wrist problems. My only regret is that I did not discover them sooner! The ones I use are Boye ergonomic crochet hooks.
Warning: Once you use these you will never be able to use metal ones again!
Boye ergonomic crochet hooks can be found on Amazon HERE.
3. Use fingerless gloves.
Using fingerless gloves is great for those of you that have arthritis. You can use normal winter ones or you can find special fingerless gloves for crafters at craft stores.
4. Take a break.
When I had tendonitis in my left hand my orthopedic doctor told me to take a break for 4 weeks. It sucks to take time off crocheting, but really helps prevent long-term injuries.
5. Soak your wrist.
Try soaking your wrist in water as hot as you can stand it for about 20-30 minutes several times a week.
You could also do the same thing with an ice pack for the same amount of time.
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