View Full Version : Help with Aching Hands
09-17-2008, 10:58 PM
I just wanted to ask your advice on any of you that deal with soreness due to knitting for a long period of time. I guess I may be over doing it lately but I can't help it. I can't even watch TV without doing something but now it looks that i'm paying for it.
Does anyone have any techniques to share or do I have to just give myself a 2 week hiatus for every time I finish a project which was told to me by another knitter?
Two weeks is too hellish for me so hopefully there is someone out there who has other ideas.
09-17-2008, 11:32 PM
See the suggestions for stretches, etc, in this thread http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=83719
09-18-2008, 02:09 AM
I purchased two magnetic bracelets from Nikken, Inc. They really helped me get over the same issues! I wear them all the time except when typing on the computer. (see the little green bracelet he is wearing?)
I also got a magnetic hand brace which I wear to bed. I only bought one...but I switch off which hand gets the brace at night.
I sometimes also roll magnetic balls around in the palms of my hands. It acts like massage. The magnetics restore circulation and speeds up the removal of debris in the muscles that cause the pain.
All these products were purchased at NIKKEN.COM there are other companies with similar (but IMO not quite as good) products. If you don't know a Nikken Consultant, at the Nikken website you can click on FIND A CONSULTANT.
I am a consultant, but I can't be your consultant. I won't use KH to sell Nikken. It would be a conflict of interest. But I can definitely vouch for Nikken products, having used them myself for about 15 years, which is why I am mentioning the products.
We use magnetics as described above...and also in our shoes. We sleep on a magnetics bed, and use Nikken comforters over us! We wouldn't be without them!
09-18-2008, 02:52 AM
what i do when my hands and wrists get sore (carpal tunnel) is i run them under warm/hot water while flexing them. I then go and run ice cold water on my wrists if my carpal tunnel's flaring up.
09-18-2008, 06:36 AM
A 2-wk break does sound hellish. Maybe try frequent breaks thru an evening of knitting, or maybe take 1 day off every other day or every 2nd/3rd day. Have a stash of knitting books/magazines (frequent visits to library to switch books) on hand so even when you're not knitting you are doing knitty things.
09-18-2008, 07:59 AM
I recently bought a couple of pairs of Handeze flex fit gloves to use while knitting/typing/crocheting etc as I get a lot of pain in my hands and wrists. I also have wrist splints to wear at night.
The Handeze gloves have an added wrist support and they keep the warmth in your hands so that it eases swelling and joint pain and keeps the blood circulation going.
Here's a link to them on Amazon in the US.
I find them really good. They're very comfortable and still allow you the flexibility in your hands but still give you some support.
09-18-2008, 08:00 AM
Thanks to all that replied especially with the magnet suggestion. I never heard of those and I will definitely look into it. I guess I just need to slow down a bit!!
09-18-2008, 08:38 AM
Be careful of the magnets. They can interfere with your body's bioelectric system if used for too long a time.
09-18-2008, 09:42 AM
Ben Gay or Icy Hot and stretches. Cold packs also work well.
09-18-2008, 10:44 AM
Ice water dipping is helpful, too.
Fill sink with cold water, pour in ice cubes and dip your entire arm from elbow to fingertips, holding for at least 10 seconds. Do this over a period of 3-4 hours at least 3 times weekly or until pain subsides.
Or take crushed ice and put into a sealable baggie and lightly press onto the area that hurts the most... repeating and removing....should help as well.
09-18-2008, 10:22 PM
I use a brace/glove thingy with a sturdy wrist--but the hand part is like a stretchy fabric that provides support. I got it at my local pharmacy and it helps a lot with me
09-19-2008, 01:00 PM
You want to prevent the swelling that causes the pain, start with stretches (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1153964&postcount=7)as a warm up and re-learn how to hold your needles or your hook with a relaxed grip and to avoid flexing or bending your wrists. Crossed Fingers
Some 25 years ago, I worked summers in an assembly line at a factory that made electrical connectors (think nuts and bolts as tiny as the tip of your pinky finger to as large as a mason jar). While this helped pay for my college tuition, it left me prone to numbness in my hands. ( See this post (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1154839&postcount=10) for a longer explanation. )
09-19-2008, 02:55 PM
I have found that taking breaks helps with the tiny pain pings I have in my hands and lower arms.