Knitting and Crochet Offer Long-term Health Benefits

Knit for a healthy heartThere are other benefits to knitting and crochet besides having something warm to wrap around your neck on a cold winter day. New studies show that knitting, crochet and similar repetitive needlework provide a number of health benefits. It has been found that rhythmic, repetitive acts help to manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system.

In our increasingly busy, stressful lives, doctors are advising patients to manage stress as part of overall health. According to physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill, the act of knitting actually changes brain chemistry, decreasing stress hormones and increasing feel-good serotonin and dopamine.

Many doctors argue that the repetitive movements of knitting activate the same areas in the brain as meditation and yoga, which have been shown to help prevent pain and depression, and are practiced by many to relieve stress, relax and to momentarily escape from our busy lives.

Knitting and crochet have a calming effect overall, which will benefit all areas of one’s life.  Keep on knitting and crocheting and you too will see results!

For more information visit http://www.knitonthenet.com/issue4/features/therapeuticknitting/

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