Just over 3.5 years ago I started having more frequent migraines. I also began having pain and numbness in my face, neck, and arms. After seeing several medical doctors, a chiropractor, and several tests later, we discovered the root cause: Poor Posture Due to Crocheting. Crocheting without taking the breaks that I KNEW I should take. 😉
If you'd like to read more about that, I wrote a blog post back then, hoping it would help others going through similar things. Click HERE to read that blog post. I also wrote a post with the main stretches that my physical therapist recommended for me, stretches that have made a big difference in my mobility. Click HERE to try out these stretches for yourself.
Aside from the stretches, a big part of the reason why I'm able to crochet daily again are because of a couple "tools" I ordered for myself. These tools were recommended by my chiropractor. You may be wondering why she recommended a massager, well, she recommended daily massages, but let's be honest, who has the time, and the money, for that? So I opted for the next best thing... tools for self-care.
This post includes affiliate links. Material for this giveaway purchased by myself. I have not received compensation of any kind for this review. The following reviews are based solely on my own opinions and personal experiences.
The 3 tools that have changed my life as a designer and daily crocheter are this massager (click here or see picture below), this handheld arm roller massager (click here or picture below), and Clover Amour Crochet Hooks. All of these tools are tools you can use by yourself and are great for more areas of the body than just your arms, shoulders, and neck.
The shiatsu massager has been key in helping me to prevent migraines. When I feel one coming on, I use the massager and massage my shoulders, neck and even near the top of my head. Most times it will relieve enough tension to keep a migraine at bay. It is also great at keeping my neck and shoulder muscles relaxed enough so that they don't restrict the nerves and cause pain and numbness in my face, neck, and arm.
The handheld roller massager has been a lifesaver in keeping my upper arm pain to a bare minimum. When I have a lot of crocheting to do in a day, I will use it 2-3 times. Most days I only need to use it once for 1-2 minutes to get the relief I need.
The third tool, or set of tools, that has been a lifesaver are Clover Amour Crochet Hooks. Before switching exclusively to these hooks, my hands would go numb from the amount of crocheting I do in a day. Since switching, I have not had so much as a small hand cramp. The difference has been truly amazing and life changing!
Lastly, please know that I do not recommend products I do not love myself. Just ask my friends Kathy from ELK Studio and Susan from Felted Button. Not too long ago they were telling me about their pain so I recommended the shiatsu massager. As soon as the boxes arrived on their doorsteps, they opened then up and tried them out, then immediately messaged me to thank me and tell me that it was just as awesome as I said it was! We love them so much that we even bring them to conferences with us. lol
Even though I use all 3 of these great tools regularly, I still have aches and pains. Last week I happened to be browsing Amazon for something totally unrelated and came across this ice pack and it sung to me! What mom couldn't use one of these after a long stressful day at work, a full day of playing with her kids or grandkids, after spending the day doing housework, and lastly, after a long crochet session?? I ordered myself one and figured it was something we could ALL benefit from so I decided to host a giveaway! 😀
I also found this awesome ice pack. I may get it for my husband for Father's Day (and we can share).
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So now that I've written a short novel, it's time to get down to the reason you're stopping by, the GIVEAWAY!!!
Congratulations to our Winner!!!
Theresa, please send me a message on FB with your mailing address so I can get your prize ordered! 🙂
This Artic Flex Neck Ice Pack Giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada only, except void where prohibited by law. To win, enter by 11:59pm CST on May 12, 2019, using the Rafflecopter widget above. One lucky winner will be randomly drawn from the entries received. The winner will receive (1) Artic Flex Neck Ice Pack (as linked above), prize courtesy of Jennifer Pionk aka A Crocheted Simplicity.
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