Just What The Doctor Ordered

Have we said already how much we recommend knitting and crochet for your health?

Of course we have! It’s common knowledge to anyone who’s held a needle or hook that needlecraft promotes mental and phsyical health. We’ve all experienced the relaxation and satisfaction that comes with busy hands and an occupied mind. But as experts release more and more proof that knitting and crochet have real and lasting health benefits, we’ll keep passing the good news along to you!

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Knitting was used as a therapy for bed-ridden patients during the early 20th century. Image Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reeve_41457.jpg

The mental health benefits of knitting and crochet are obvious- it reduces stress and exercises your brain, both of which have far-reaching effects on your overall wellbeing.

Lowering stress levels can improve physical functions such as heart rate and blood pressure, as well as combat anxiety and depression. The effects of knitting and crochet are similar to meditation. In fact, they are so effective that they are frequently used as thereapy for soldiers with PTSD and prison inmates. I personally have known people who adopted knitting as a way to combat addiction-one proud knitter reported that her new hobby helped her quit smoking!

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Well…that depends how often you visit your LYS…hahaha! Image Source: https://pawleystudios.com/mug-phrase-portfolio/

Knitting and crochet are excellent cognitive training, a practice recommended by doctors to sharpen focus, improve memory, and hone reasoning skills. Challenging techniques encourage the brain to grow and adapt- a quality known to neurologists as neuroplasticity. Even the most basic stitches strengthen frequently used cognitive connections. That’s why knitting and crochet are valuable skills for everyone from young students seeking academic improvement to aging knitters combatting dementia.

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Knitting can strengthen and protect your brain…though not always as literally as this! Image Source: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/brain-hat

Of course, knitting has its physical benefits, too. In addition to the indirect influence of reduced stress and improved cognition on the body, knitting and crochet can improve dexterity and coordination. In moderation, they offer wonderful physical therapy for arthritis by keeping the joints strong and mobile. The meditative nature of knitting and crochet can even reduce chronic pain!

Now, we know you don’t need another reason to pick up the needles…but when you’re asked why you knit or crochet, remind your friends how good it really is for your health! Who knows, you just might end up doing someone a favor.

Stitch on, healthy crafters! Stitch on!

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra David
    Nov 30, 2016 @ 09:22:23

    I must be one of the healthiest, happiest person alive!

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  2. Pam
    Nov 30, 2016 @ 15:55:13

    That’s right, can’t sleep if I missed a couple of days. I might add, share the love and introduce a new person to this wonderful life long learning craft.

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  3. Gail
    Dec 05, 2016 @ 07:12:45

    People may think we can be a bit crazy with all this yarn and obsession but the yarn is like our tonic that keeps us knitting to stress less and be a happy, healthy individual!

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