What relieves arthritis and tight tendons?
My mother-in-law has always been a quilter. She quilts beautiful pieces for her family.
She is now 75 and has an arthritic thumb and tightening tendons. I want very much to find an aid for her that allows her to continue quilting. Can you help?
Arthritic quilters have found great relief in using glucosamine/chondroitin preparations. They actually rebuild the joint surfaces.
Another phenomenally effective intervention is strength training. Lifting weights with the upper body strengthens tendons important to quilters and makes them more flexible.
Lifting weights with the lower body creates healing surges of natural growth hormone during sleep. The growth hormone races through the body and heals anything that is injured.
Also, lifting weights reverses osteoporosis better and faster than any known drug! It protects against diabetes and heart disease, too.
Many arthritic quilters can use a hand-held thimble, as noted in my book, Rx for Quilters. Machine quilting is another option.
I recommend that your mother-in-law discuss the problem with her doctor and get a referral to a good physical therapist, who can teach her to lift weights safely. (Even 96-year-old, frail, elderly persons can lift weights, and half that do get to throw away their canes and walkers.) An occupational therapist may be called in to help after she is stronger.
I have also found some relief using the Handeze therapeutic craft gloves. Since wearing them I’m able to quilt for longer periods of time and reduce the strain on my hands.
Shannon has been and avid quilter for over 20 years. Her love of quilts came at an early age from her grandmother. She is a mother of 2 and lives in the US with her loving husband.