You probably suffer from knitting pain. I sure do. I know it’s from knitting for long periods, but sometimes I just can’t avoid it.
Yoga really helps.
Some of the most effective poses for me are the twists and back bends. I’ve never taken to classes, although I was first introduced to yoga that way. Instead, I’ve purchased a number of yoga tapes and work it into my schedule at home. I’ve found that if I manage to do yoga at least every other day, I can keep the pain level down. If you’re just getting started, I’d recommend anything from Rodney Yee. Rodney Yee’s Complete Yoga for Beginners is a good one to start with. I’ve also more recently discovered Shiva Rey. Shiva Rea: Flow Yoga for Beginners is an introduction to her technique. Hers is a very different approach; more fluid and improvisational and it seems to reach areas of my body that others don’t.
Weekly massages help.
It helps if you have a therapist you love that understands the trigger points and where your pain points are. Mine most definitely does … read on.
And I’ve just discovered a new “tool” that helps, too.
As I said earlier, some knitters experience pain in their wrists or hands while others feel it more concentrated in shoulder blades and neck. That’s me. The past few weeks have been particularly bad. The tightness in my shoulder blades often results in a throbbing headache at the back of my neck.
I was so tight recently that my massage therapist sent me home with her Thera Cane. It was so effective I ordered one within 20 minutes of using it!
If you suffer from chronic “knitting pain” you’ll definitely want to check this out. You can read more about the Thera Cane here and order it here: Thera Cane Massager: Green. Oh, and if you prefer another color, it also comes in blue: Thera Cane Massager (Blue).
Oh, and I should mention that some of these links are affiliate links, meaning I get a small bit in return for your purchase when you use the link. Here’s to your knitting pain relief!