Holistic Injury Prevention

Research has shown that massage practitioners have a high risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) due to the physical demands of their work. MSDs and their symptoms can have both short and long-term effects on a therapist’s ability to maintain their normal workload, advance in their career and, in some cases, even remain in their profession. Yet injury is NOT inevitable; in fact, there is a great deal that massage therapists can do to prevent these injuries from occurring, and to lessen the impact of injury on their careers if it does occur despite their best efforts. Since multiple factors are involved in causing injury, a successful prevention strategy must be holistic and multifaceted, combining a number of tactics to address all potential causes. In this course, participants will gain awareness of the risk factors for injury in their work and how to reduce their exposure to those risk factors using the principles of ergonomics. They will then learn the most important aspects of a holistic approach to injury prevention, including: • Designing their workspace to increase practitioner safety and comfort • Using good body mechanics to reduce stress and effort • Staying in shape with a physical conditioning program that addresses the specific needs of massage therapists • Taking care of their general health, to promote healing and overall wellness • Paying attention to emotions that can affect their work and increase injury risk • Recognizing warning signs and symptoms and treating them effectively before they lead to injury. At the end of the seminar, participants will be encouraged to develop their own personalized injury prevention strategy, using the information provided and adapting it to their own bodies and situation.

Lauriann Greene
Lauriann graduated from the Seattle Massage School and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. She is the co-author of Save Your Hands A Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists 2nd Edition. In addition to publishing numerous articles in major massage magazines about injury prevention, along with Rick Goggins she co-authored the first comprehensive statistical study of injury amongst massage therapists and have facilitated injury workshops for massage therapists across North America.
Website:
http://www.saveyourhands.com/

Richard Goggins
Richard is a licensed Massage Therapist and a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist. He has spent more than 17 years working with business owners and employers to prevent injuries in a wide variety of industries. Richard is the co-author of Save Your Hands A Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists 2nd Edition. In addition to publishing numerous articles in major massage magazines about injury prevention, along with Lauriann Greene, Richard co-authored the first comprehensive statistical study of injury amongst massage therapists and have facilitated injury workshops for massage therapists across North America.
Website:
http://www.saveyourhands.com/

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