If you are like most knitters, you were probably up late this Christmas Eve, knitting.
Also like most knitters, you may have woken up with knitting pain in your hands, fingers, and joints.
Any flagrant overuse of your joints can lead to stiffness and leave you susceptible to more chronic knitting injuries.
I asked my sister, the multitalented Kate Howe of katehowe.com, what knitters can do to get some relief from knitting pain.
Tight Muscle Fasciae Prevent Joints From Healing
Kate explained to me that muscle fascia is the “bag” of dense connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and joints, kind of like plastic wrap.
Fasciae are made of collagen and are connective in nature, like tendons and ligaments, except that fasciae connect muscles to other muscles.
If the fasciae are tight around your muscles, all the stretching or massage in the world can only provide limited relief, because the muscles don’t haveroom to move.
The good thing is there is an easy way to fix this, and it works, feels good (after you’re done), you can do it by yourself, and it doesn’t take very long.
Just do a series of fascia stretches on yourself. This is called myofascial release, and it’s a form of massage therapy developed in the 1920’s.
After you stretch your forearm fasciae, you can stretch the muscles of the wrist, hands, and fingers and experience a lot of relief from knitting pain next time you go to knit.