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Hand Cramps?

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When I crochet, I like to sit and do it for as long as I am able to because I don't know when I will have time to sit down and crochet again. I have a very busy schedule. I was wondering if anybody knows of ways to prevent hand cramps, or a way to soothe hands after crocheting and they are painful. Thank you! :)

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Hi, welcome to the ville!

I saw in another of your posts that you are a high school student.  Please take care of your hands now because an injury at your age can affect you many years later.  It's really important to take breaks, stretch your hands, get up and move around a little.  here's a blog post with some ideas and links https://www.theloopyewe.com/yarn-shop/blog/2014/03/stretching-exercises-for-knitters-and-crocheters   you can find others by searching 'hand exercises for crocheters' or 'ergonomics for crocheters'

 

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Welcome to Crochetville from me, too! 

In addition to what Kathy said, you may be gripping your hook/yarn too tightly. Try relaxing your grip on the hook and not wrapping yarn around fingers too tightly.

You may have the wrong hook, if your crocheting doesn't flow smoothly with a light grip. See if you or your parents can get a variety of hooks all the same size. Test them to see which is easiest to use. Save the receipt and packaging to return the ones you don't like. Getting the hook style that's right for you will help save your hands.

https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/02/the-best-crochet-hooks/

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My chiro just gave me an elastic band (plain old nothing special) to stretch out my hand as I've been having thumb pain. It is important not to develop overuse injuries.

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