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Repetitive Strain Injury Affects Many Knitters

Many knitters struggle with Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

If the name Repetitive Strain Injury means nothing to you, its signs may;

All knitters experience some of the symptoms of RSI. They usually consist of pain, stiffness and an unpleasant sensation of discomfort. Nothing too serious though, right?  Not exactly.

Just like carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI can become a constant presence in your life. In other words, you will experience pains in your wrist, back, neck and arms for longer time. Some swelling may also occur.

All in all, you may not be able to enjoy knitting just as much.

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If you want to deal with RSI before it becomes a nuisance, here are a few tips:
Tip #1:  Moderation is key

Every knitter in the world knows that it may not be that easy, but if you don’t want RSI to bother you, this is essential.

Organize your knitting in smaller sessions. Put the needles down when you feel too tired. It is better to knit everyday than not being able to knit at all.

Tip #2: Take breaks, lots of them

Experts say that for 45 minutes of knitting, you should take at least 10 minutes of rest time.

Use these minutes to move around and flex yourself a little. The effects are wonderful. Plus, you will get fitter without going to the gym.

Tip #3: Proper posture is extremely important

A lot of knitters slouch or strain their necks while doing what they love best.

That’s a sure no-no. Bring the knitted work to your eyes, not the other way around.

Find a place to sit that offers great support for your back. And don’t forget about the other two tips mentioned earlier.

If RSI starts affecting your knitting habits, take action. Or better, take lots of breaks for knitting. Your yarn and needles will wait patiently for you to come back.

Featured image(s): Sarah over at Knitting Women – thank you!

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