… BUT seriously, it can be a problem.
I have been crocheting intensively lately and I noticed last night that my right hand, especially around the thumb, was feeling sore and tired. Worst timing. I was already stuck at home feeling under the weather. And the weather itself? Well, endless rain the whole day and night…
As a musician, I am aware of the dangers of repetitive strain injuries. Ergonomic training has made me think: “listen to your body” and “stop anything that is causing pain.” Immediately.
Also stretching out muscle tensions is best done through opposite motion to the action causing the problem. For a clarinettist like me, the holding position uses both arms forward and upward. A good stretch for me during a break in playing, is to clasp my hands behind my back and pull my arms backwards and downwards. Opposite stretch.
The right hand thumb takes much of the weight of a clarinet so a sore right thumb through crafting is a disaster for music. And vice versa.
It is hard though to be disciplined when doing something that is enjoyable and to remember to stop and stretch during an activity that can easily continue over long periods of time.
So both practising and instrument or crafting can cause trouble if we don’t remember to take the breaks when we need them.
Until then, here is an offer of a virtual hand massage for anyone else in need of cheering up and as a reminder to take it easy.