Did you know that it’s possible to injure yourself by quilting? Quilters are athletes in their own way, and are just as susceptible to repetitive stress injuries from too much of a good thing. Many repetitive motor movements can cause injuries like tendinitis, tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Take care of yourself by listening to the signals your body is sending you, and if you feel any neck, wrist, back or shoulder pain or get headaches when quilting, stop and take a rest, and then learn how to prevent these injuries.
Pain Free Quilting by Carole LeRoy, “A Quilting RN,” is a great educational reference and “Self-Help Book for Women who Sew Too Much.” Carole has packed her book with pictures, diagrams and useful advice and exercises to keep a quilter in shape and prevent pain and injury from the repetitive stress of sewing. Visit Carole’s Pain Free Quilting website for more information, ergonomic sewing products or to buy the book before pain puts you on the sidelines (and to find out what RSD really means)!