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Hand Exercises for Knitters

Many knitters know the joy and pain of marathon crafting sessions in which "just one more row" turns into another 6 inches. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that repetitive stress can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, but regular stretching exercises can help prevent it. Whether you're cranking out stockinette in the round or working a 20-line lace pattern, stop occasionally and give your hands a good stretch.

Yoga for Your Fingers

Get a deep finger stretch by kneeling, sitting on your feet and placing the palms of your hands on the floor, with your fingertips pointing toward your knees. Lift your palms, keeping your fingers on the floor. To deepen the stretch, lean forward while keeping your arms straight. Hold for five to 10 seconds and repeat as desired. This move stretches your forearms as well as your fingers.

Glide Those Tendons

Keeping your wrists straight, spread your fingers wide and extend them back as far as you can. You'll feel the stretch running down the inside of your wrist and forearm. Release the stretch and curl your fingertips to the bottom of your fingers, where they meet your hand. Stretch your fingers back again and fold them to meet the bottom of your palm, as close to your wrist as you can. Stretch back again and make a fist. Repeat on both sides. Shake your hands out before you resume knitting.

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About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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