DE Hand stretches for knitters and crocheters

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If you have arthritis, carpal tunnel, or sore hands, then these hand stretches for knitters and crocheters could help you enjoy your crafting time again!

**Please note: if you have extreme pain, please see your doctor! These stretches are for continuing hand health, and aren't a cure-all for chronic pain.** 

 It's not unusual during marathon knitting or crochet sessions to end up with soreness in your hands. Whether in the muscles or the joints, hand pain can really cramp your style and take away some of the joy of knitting or crocheting. 

We've put together a little video showing you some stretches that have been recommended for knitters and crocheters! When doing these stretches for yourself, make sure to take it slowly and be gentle! 

The first stretches you see are always on lists of hand stretches for knitters, crocheters, and tennis players. With this stretch you'll gently pull your fingers towards your body. Remember: be gentle and slow! 
Hand stretches for knitters and crocheters
And then, you'll reverse hand directions, like so: 
Hand stretches for knitters and crocheters
Another stretch we show in the above video involves stretching your fingers out, holding, and drawing them back into a fist. This stretch helps ease tension in the joints of your fingers, and also helps improve hand strength and grip. 
Hand stretches for knitters and crocheters
Some causes of hand pain while knitting or crocheting can't be solved with simple stretches, and will require physical therapy, medication, or braces. If you have advanced arthritis or carpal tunnel, then please ask your doctor what might be of help to you! If you're experiencing minor pain or soreness, then doing these hand stretches every 30 minutes while knitting or crocheting may help alleviate the tension in your joints and tendons. 
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Hand stretches for knitters and crocheters