Believe it or not,
crocheting is hard work, and when not taking the proper steps to
prevent injury, you might just wake up one morning to discover that you
are injured and the activity which caused it is crocheting.
But there are steps that you can take to reduce the risk of injury when crocheting, and it does not have to take much of your time. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Before You Begin
Before you even begin to sit down for a long crochet session you should do some light stretches which will target your neck, your back as well as your fingers, wrists and arms. This will help to reduce the stress in these areas, as your muscles will be more relaxed.
You should also make sure that you are in a well lighted area, as this will prevent you from slouching over your work which can cause your back and neck to become very sore.
Find a comfortable chair; it should be one where are are comfortable in and still be able to sit in several sitting positions such as sitting with your back up straight, or laid back with your feet up. This is essential because you should reposition yourself frequently in your chair to avoid tension. If you do not have such a chair, consider alternating between chairs.
Take Frequent Breaks
It is very important that you take frequent breaks while you are crocheting, ideally you should get up and move about at least once every hour. You can use this time to refuel and replenish with water or fresh fruits and vegetables.
You can also do some light stretches or take a short walk outside to help relax your muscles.
When you return to your crocheting, consider picking up a different crochet project, one with a different yarn a different hook size or a different gauge. Some yarns are more difficult to work with and by switching them up with easier yarns you will reduce the amount of stress it causes on your hands and fingers.
What To Do If Injury Occurs
If you ever experience any pain you should stop crocheting immediately. Do not resort to pain relievers and continue crocheting as that will only contribute to your injury. If you do take pain relievers make sure that they have worn off before you begin to crochet again.