Friday, July 10, 2015

The Health Benefits of Knitting!

Since I began knitting last year, I've come across several articles online about the many health related benefits of knitting and croceting. One of the knitting articles that I came across last year from The Sacramento Bee is titled Health benefits for those who stick to their knitting by Sammy Caiola. In the article, Caiola writes the following:
Carrie Barron, a psychiatrist with the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and a knitter, lauds handiwork as a tool for alleviating anxiety and depression. Her husband, Alton Barron, orthopedic surgeon and president of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, says knitting can prevent arthritis and tendinitis.
Pretty cool benefits of knitting, right? I also learned in Caiola's article:
Knitting someone a sweater, in addition to saving you from holiday shopping, can also be a great workout for the fingers, hands and forearms, said Alton Barron. Moving the joints of the fingers forces fluid to move in and out of the surrounding, sponge-like cartilage, keeping the joints well-hydrated and minimizing the risk of arthritis, he said.
“If you let a joint sit, not only will it get stiff, but the actual cartilage will lose its structural integrity and break down,” he said. “Most of us grow up thinking the more you use something the more it wears out, but that’s not the case with cartilage.”

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