Knitting for Therapy
An Introduction to the Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting
This is a brief introduction to the therapeutic benefits of knitting. It has been known for a long time, and is widely appreciated, that the simple, rhythmic action of each knitted stitch gives a whole range of therapeutic benefits. The pleasure derived from working with colour and texture, and the sense of achievement and satisfaction gained from creating something new with our hands, is made possible simply with a pair of knitting needles and a ball of yarn, or indeed, at our knitting machines.
Knitting for Therapy delves into the research behind this subject, looks at areas that can be improved in our lives though this craft, and listens to the words of knitters out there who share some of their experiences.
The therapeutic benefits of this craft are numerous and include:-
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels
- An aid to alleviating depression
- Chronic pain relief
- Improved dexterity
- Improved self esteem
- Improving memory and preventing dementia
- Overcoming social isolation
- Breaking addiction
- Improvement of behavioural problems
This book takes a look at these areas in more detail to give you an overview of the benefits of knitting. The words of the knitters who take part are both hand and machine knitters.