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I knit for two to three hours a day and the last few weeks my right hand has started to go numb. It actually started when I was pushing my dd on the swing, but it gets bad when I knit. I stop for a few minutes and stretch my fingers and that helps but it keeps coming back. Does anyone know of finger exercises to prevent this?
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You need to rest that hand! That sounds like a repeat motion injury. Take a week or two off and then when you start up again- limit your knitting time to only 1/2 or one hour a day and see how it goes. I know how hard it is- I wacked out the joint of my right index finger knitting- and to help protect it I changed lots of things in my life that might have aggrivated the injury- I switched the mouse to the left side of the keyboard, I ask my Dh for help opening jars and I purposly knit with english and continental methods to vary the motions I'm doing... but the taking a break from knitting was the hardest of all.
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Like Sarah, I was going to suggest switching between continental and English so that you are doing different movements with your hands. Also try to work on several projects at once that use different stitches so that you can move from one project to another during those hours.

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Very familiar with that here. I've had mild carpal tunnel syndrome for almost 20 years now. Repetitive motions, along with a bent wrist, can bring instant numbness, particularly to the first three fingers. Happens to me every dozen or so stitches, I have to do a shake-out. Am so used to it ... and FWIW, pregnancy exacerbates it.

There are hand braces you can get to hold your wrist straight which lessen the symptoms. Not that you necessarily have carpal tunnel, but ...

Also, many years ago a doctor showed me how muscle tension in the neck can lead to numbness and tingling in the fingers. Freaky but true.
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I knit for two to three hours a day and the last few weeks my right hand has started to go numb. It actually started when I was pushing my dd on the swing, but it gets bad when I knit. I stop for a few minutes and stretch my fingers and that helps but it keeps coming back. Does anyone know of finger exercises to prevent this?
Are you pregnant? I had to stop knitting when I was pregnant, I got carpal tunnel syndrome. It went away after the baby.
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I had something like that happen to me (numbness in my hand, esp. while knitting). The doctor did a nerve test and said that what was most likely going on is the fact that keeping my arm bent so much while knitting, the way I drive and sit at the computer, etc was pinching my ulnar nerve (I believe it's called) and causing parts of my hand to go numb. He said to be very careful because I could otherwise cause permanent nerve damage. He said to make sure I'm not knitting too close to my body, to hold the knitting out more so my arm isn't as bent and to generally watch how I position my arm.
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