The Health Risks of Knitting: What You Need to Know

Knitting is a popular hobby that can be both relaxing and rewarding. However, it's important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with knitting too much. Over-knitting can lead to repetitive strain injury, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even arthritis in rare cases. To reduce the risk of injury, it's important to take regular breaks while knitting and to stretch your hands and wrists.

Stretching exercises can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a common condition caused by repetitive motions. A study conducted by Betsan Corkhill found that knitting can have positive effects on mental health. The study showed that knitting can reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improve mood and self-esteem. It's important to note that the health risks associated with knitting are minimal when done in moderation.

As long as you take regular breaks and stretch your hands and wrists, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of knitting without any negative side effects.

Jane MacDonald
Jane MacDonald

I am of the author and owner of I Love Knitting. I first learned to knit when I was around five years old, and stop doing it when I hit my teens! I than picked it back up when I had my first child, and have since taught all three of my children to knit.

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