KNITTING EACH DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY?
HIGH-PROFILE GLOBAL STUDIES & SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS SAY YES
Heard Around the World, Studies Prove Knitters are Stitching Away Disease, Mental Disorders, Pain and More with Age-Old Craft
Gastonia, NC (February 26, 2014) — “Knitting saved my life.” This, a powerful statement from Liat Gat who insists picking up yarn and knitting needles cured her of her eating disorder and bettered her mental health. The Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders shows 75% of anorexia nervosa patients taught to knit reported calming aspects. Today, Gat has taught over 100,000 people to knit, authored a book on the craft and happily promotes ways that knitting can save one’s life.
In a recent interview on TODAY, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said “she finds it very meditative” when referring to her fascination with knitting. A Harvard Medical School study verifies this claim with findings that the repetitive motions and focus of needlework elicit the relaxation response and a calming, meditation-like state that causes heart rate and blood pressure to fall.
Renowned Psychiatrist and co-author of The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness With Your Own Two Hands with her husband and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Alton, Dr. Carrie Barron calls knitting “a powerful, preventative medicine… like an anti-depressant that seems to be doing something that antidepressants and psychotherapy could not do.” Dr. Alton Barron claims 80% of people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression may not be deriving benefits from antidepressants and that not only can knitting decrease their need for these drugs, it can also prevent them from experiencing side effects that may occur with medication.
Thousands of people around the world have experienced therapeutic responses and impactful health improvements from knitting and crochet. Whether it’s a result of using both hands, engaging in repetitive motion, finding mindfulness, or taking in the social aspect of these crafts, there are countless medical studies with scientific evidence and personal testimonies proving they have helped people combat everything from symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Heart Disease, to depression, anxiety, passion fatigue and more.
Adults aren’t the only ones benefitting from these crafts. Children are experiencing rewards from the repetitive movement of knitting, which in addition to helping them focus and concentrate, has had a positive influence on their math and reading skills. The Waldorf School reports that knitting improves fine motor skills and using both hands develops dexterity and focus. According to the Examiner.com knitting taught in health class helped reduce stress in students and caused fewer teens to suffer from depression or chronic pain due to the mindfulness of the craft.
Findings like these are what triggered The Craft Yarn Council, a long-standing non-profit that sponsors a wide range of educational programs for knitters and crocheters, to launch an initiative to “change global health one stitch at a time.” For this project, The Council conducted in-depth research and compiled numerous studies and personal testimonies into a mission brief and video to use to educate the public about the immense positive impact knitting and crochet have on people’s health and overall lives.
“We found all of the information about the health benefits of knitting and crochet out there to be so impactful that we wanted to bring it to the surface and share it with knitters and crocheters and everyone else out there who may be inspired to take up the craft,” said Executive Director of The Craft Yarn Council, Mary Colucci. “If we can get one person to share this information with one other person, and then maybe that person teaches someone else how to knit or crochet, we’ll have initiated a stream where we can really make a difference in global health. That is our hope.”
It’s been discovered that the therapeutic potential of knitting and crochet are enhanced even further by the social aspects of the crafts. At the Royal United Hospital Pain Clinic in the UK, people have been meeting up to knit since 2006 and tout meditative and social benefits of the group activity. Some other noteworthy findings include a study from the Mayo Clinic for the America Academy of Neurology that reports a 40% reduced risk of memory loss in those who knit; a study in The Journal of the American Geriatric Society stating knitting is associated with a lower risk of dementia in those 65 and older; a study at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital showing knitting is a good intervention to help nurses reduce their burnout; and The Journal of Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences reporting knitting results in a decreased risk of forms of dementia.
All of these findings and more can be located in The Craft Yarn Council’s mission brief and video at www.craftyarncouncil.com/health. To request a hard copy of the mission brief or video, for more information, or to request an interview, please contact Kaity Ocean at 775-544-9647 or email@example.com.
About The Craft Yarn Council
The Craft Yarn Council (CYC) represents the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazine, book publishers, and consultants in the yarn industry. For more than 30 years the Council has sponsored a wide range of promotional and educational programs, including its highly acclaimed Certified Instructors Program, Discover Knit and Crochet classes, and its popular I Love YARN Day event taking place on Friday, October 11, which offers a virtual meeting place for the nation’s knitters and crocheters