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Topic: a tip i picked up in physical therapy! (and tutorial)  (Read 2631 times)
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boygirlparty
« on: December 28, 2007 03:46:31 PM »

i've been in a lot of pain these last few years due to wrist and arm injury from painting tiny paintings. my physical therapist i've been working with these last several months has really helped me understand what's happening to me exactly and how i can improve my work behaviors for the future with some stretches, exercises and changes in my work environment.

he taught me this trick, which i think will be useful for not just painters but also people who crochet and writers and jewelers and anyone who works with their hands, so i thought i'd share it here!!  i'm not a doctor obviously so this isn't medical advice or a replacement for it, but it's a little tip to reduce your likelihood for injury and possibly provide some relief from some existing work-related pain.  (if you're in serious pain, you should see a doctor immediately)



ok!  so here goes. you'll need:
1. your narrow instruments (paintbrushes, pencils, pens, knitting needles, anything with a pretty narrow diameter in the handle)
2. some tennis overgrip tape (you can get it at any sports store)
3. scissors





and that's it!  it'll take a minute of your time and could save you from a lot of needless suffering.  hope this is helpful to someone else out there!
xo susie
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007 03:48:25 PM »

oh yeah! and tennis tape is both absorbent and stretchy, so if you are able to, pull hard as you wind the tennis overgrip around your instrument and you'll get a really smooth, cushy grip -- it rules and is super easy to do!
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2007 05:47:18 PM »

 Wow, Thanks for the tip!  After years of drawing. painting, pottery and violin, i have full blown rss-cant-hold-onto-anything.  this may help quite a bit.  i've been using a dyna-flex lately and it has really helped a lot with the chronic pain and weakness of my hands.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007 07:18:57 PM »

This is something that I really need to do.
I have been killing my hands.

Thank you for posting!
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2007 09:10:01 PM »

no problem, guys!  my PT recommended this specifically because my hands would go numb as i worked, in addition to all the other pain i've developed in my wrist and arm!
it has significantly helped me, i hope it helps you too!
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2007 03:37:12 PM »

This sounds like a great idea.  I just have a question about using this for knitting needles.  I'm still a noob to knitting, so I apologize if the answer is obvious.  How would this apply to knitting?   It seems like it would affect the tension of the knitting and would make it loose?  Again, sorry if that's a dumb question. If this would work, though, that'd be great, b/c I can't feel my pinky finger. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2007 05:42:12 PM »

This sounds like a great idea.  I just have a question about using this for knitting needles.  I'm still a noob to knitting, so I apologize if the answer is obvious.  How would this apply to knitting?   It seems like it would affect the tension of the knitting and would make it loose?  Again, sorry if that's a dumb question. If this would work, though, that'd be great, b/c I can't feel my pinky finger. Smiley

i'm afraid this won't work for knitting needles Sad
have you tried using circulars?!
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2007 05:18:32 AM »

For knitting, couldn't you try to pad your hands somehow, even if the fingers have to hold the needles tight the grip could possibly loosen? I imagine gauze / fabric wrapped around your hands and with some kind of cushion against your palms.

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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2007 06:29:40 PM »

boygirlparty:   do not get me started on circular needles! Wink

antigone: that's an idea.  i knit really tight and tend to hang on to my needles as though i'm knitting in a very strong wind, so i'm willing to try most anything.  maybe some sort of glove, but thin enough so you can still feel the yarn? hmm. i'm going to work on this.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2008 03:22:32 PM »

i talked about the knitter's dilemma with my occupational therapist and he recommended possibly trying out wearing workman's grip gloves? i don't know the exact name for them, but they're gloves that people who work with wood and machinery use cause it pads their grip and gives them a better grip on the fine instruments they're using. he says if they're well fitting, he thinks it could provide a lot of relief for the pain a knitter feels from gripping tightly to needles

i did a google search and these came up:
http://www.redhillgeneralstore.com/clcgloves.htm

ok they're hideous, but maybe they'd do the trick.
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