12: Knitting and Crochet for Therapy

Betsan Corkhill, founder of Stitchlinks


I recently read an interesting article all about how knitting (and I am sure crochet also) can be used for therapy or even pain relief. Check out this article which explains why you should NOT STOP KNITTING! IT KEEPS YOU HEALTHY!

I then came across a website called Stitchlinks who talk about this in more detail.

“Stitchlinks is pioneering an exciting approach to healthcare which could have global implications and a massive, positive impact on wellbeing.

We are at the core of groundbreaking research, and a movement which utilises crafts, in particular knitting, to improve wellbeing. Stitchlinks is the central hub of this innovative work where you’ll find a direct link to the researchers and accurate, up-to-date information.

Our mission is to use knitting and other activities to improve wellbeing generally, but also to complement medical treatments in the self-management of long-term illness. We are working closely with academics and clinicians, and as a direct result, therapeutic knitting and therapeutic knitting groups are being formally acknowledged by leading clinicians and academics for their benefits in mainstream healthcare.”

Here is another article talking about Betsan Corkhill, Stitchlinks creator.

“The founder of Stitchlinks, a scheme dedicated to highlighting the positive affect craft has on people’s wellbeing, has successfully been granted funding to support a PhD study into knitting groups.

Betsan Corkhill, Stitchlinks’ creator, is hoping the research will provide further evidence into the benefits of knitting groups for improved health and wellbeing, and will begin at the University of Exeter on September 23, 2013.

The study will be carried out by student Mirja Rutger under the supervision of world renowned professor of health and wellbeing, Professor Paul Dieppe.

As an ex-senior physiotherapist, Betsan champions for craft, particularly knitting, to be utilised to improve wellbeing, and she is continuously seeking evidence to back up this claim. What she has discovered so far has lead to the birth of Stitchlinks.

As a direct result of the ongoing work that Betsan is doing with academics and clinicians, therapeutic knitting is being formally acknowledged by this sector for its benefits in mainstream healthcare.

The results of this new PhD study could help further cement therapeutic knitting as a tool for wellbeing management and will help boost its reputation even further. Betsan is pioneering this work and the study is one of a few in the pipeline, which will share information through her.”

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