Safe Knitting: Purls of Wisdom from Your Chiropractor
By Sara Butler
Many people see a chiropractor in order to help them deal with back or neck pain. What they may not know is that chiropractors are full of great lifestyle and wellness tips to help stay healthy no matter what you do. A great example of this is knitting. Sure, your local chiropractor at The Joint may not host the area knitting club, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to keep you healthy as you cast on!
Many people take up knitting as a way to pass the time. But, you have to remember knitting involves repetitive motions, and those motions can lead to injuries called repetitive strain injuries – and not just to the hands and wrists, either. The neck and upper back are under a lot of pressure and strain as knitters sit for long periods looking down at their work while sitting. You have to be aware of how you’re sitting, your grip technique, and wrist positioning in order to stay healthy.
A Few Purls of Wisdom
In order to help you reduce any pain and discomfort while knitting, you should
- Take frequent breaks – All that time spent hunched over your work isn’t good for your neck or back, so take breaks a couple of times an hour and make sure to switch positions often.
- Pick a good seat – Make sure you sit in a chair that allows both your feet to sit flat on the ground and try your best not to hunch, either.
- Work your fingers – Knitters spend a lot of time clenching their hands, so taking breaks to spread the fingers wide is a great tip. Also, knitters should flex and bend their wrists in order to stretch and strengthen them.
- Switch your style – If you can learn both Continental and English styles of knitting, you can switch it up from time to time in order to reduce the risk of a strain injury.
- Choose good tools – There are ergonomic hooks you can buy for crocheting; for knitting lightweight, smooth needles should be the tool of choice. If you’re tackling a large project, use circular needles.
- Plan ahead – Map out your knitting projects ahead of time so that you can try to space them out. Taking on too much at once can cause problems.
If you’re a knitter and you’ve noticed any lingering pain in your hands, wrists, neck, or back, then you should discuss it with the chiropractor at The Joint as soon as you can!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.