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Save Your Hands
The physically demanding work manual therapists do puts them at risk for musculoskeletal injury. But injury is not inevitable. Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition gives manual therapists the proven injury prevention and ergonomics strategies, real-life suggestions and practical tips they need to protect their health and prolong their careers.
The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition
by Lauriann Greene, CEAS and Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP
with contributions by Janet M. Peterson, PT, DPT
The physically demanding work manual therapists do puts them at risk for musculoskeletal injury. But injury is not inevitable. Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition gives manual therapists the proven injury prevention and ergonomics strategies, real-life suggestions and practical tips they need to protect their health and prolong their careers. Whether you are a student or an experienced practitioner, this indispensable guide will help you save not only your hands, but also your back, neck, shoulders and emotional well-being throughout a long, healthy career.
Save Your Hands! is a comprehensive resource you’ll turn to time after time throughout your career. No wonder it has been the leading self-care guide for manual therapists since 1995, and continues to be a required or recommended text at schools across the U.S., Canada and worldwide.
352 pages, over 80 photos & illustrations
In an accessible, richly-illustrated format, Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition shows you how to:
• Design your treatment space so you can work safely and efficiently
• Find alternative techniques to protect vulnerable parts of your body
• Improve your body mechanics to reduce stress and increase comfort as you work
• Stay in shape with a comprehensive physical conditioning program developed specifically for manual therapists
• Recognize early symptoms and address them effectively before they lead to injury
• Use the principles of ergonomics to more effectively treat your clients, adding value to your practice.
“Whether massaging, manipulating, mobilizing or palpating, the hands and their support systems are vital and precious, and yet, because of lack of awareness of ergonomics, poor posture and inappropriate use of the self, they all too often suffer wear and tear, overuse and misuse. The book provides clear descriptions, choices and methods. If the well-presented advice it contains is taken, that will allow practitioners and manual therapists to perform their work safely and effectively throughout their professional lives. Quite simply, the book is excellently conceived and constructed, and is very well presented, and I highly recommend it.”– Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, Honorary Fellow, University of Westminster, London
“I feel Save Your Hands! is an excellent work that should be required reading for every manual therapist, in or out of training. Furthermore, I think many other professionals including physicians, nurses, chiropractors, DOs and others ought to be familiar with its contents. I wholeheartedly endorse the book – it is a unique and valuable resource.”— Emil Pascarelli, MD, author, Dr. Pascarelli’s Complete Guide to Repetitive Strain Injury, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University
“If this book does not help you prevent injuries as a manual therapist, nothing will. I was especially gratified to see the new section on injury prevention in the spa setting. As one of the largest employers of manual therapists worldwide, the spa industry has unfortunately experienced many such injuries. If the advice in this volume were practiced industry-wide, it would save untold suffering, prolong thousands of careers and save spas a bundle in the bargain. Well done.”— Steve Cappelini, LMT, spa educator and author of Massage Therapy Career Guide, The Royal Treatment and Massage for Dummies
“Anyone who plans a career in manual therapy should read Save Your Hands! first. Greene and Goggins’ comprehensive book offers invaluable voice-of-experience advice about everything from choosing a table to neutral working postures and dealing with job-related pressures. Loaded with useful information, this book will prove a lifesaver for those looking for answers to hand and arm pain, and should be required reading in manual therapy training courses.”– Deborah Quilter, author, teacher & consultant, The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book and Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User’s Guide
“This book is so good it actually reviews itself … ‘If this book does not help you prevent injuries as a manual therapist, nothing will.’… so says Steve Capellini, author and educator, who neatly sums up the merits of Save Your Hands! in a single statement. This book gets high marks for sheer comprehensiveness. You are bound to find a pearl of wisdom to suit your particular needs. Treats the therapist as a “whole” person and gives advice to span the entire career of the therapist.”–Journal of Associated Massage Therapists Ltd., Australia, June 2010
“One of (the book’s) strengths is that it offers value for the experienced OHS practitioner as well as an inexperienced member of the wider community. Ergonomists will appreciate the fact that it presents a holistic view of a person, task and environment … something that is not always appreciated by either busy medical practitioners or business management. Their book is well written and edited and is a desirable addition on the bookshelf of any health related professional. It is a cogent textbook for the health professional and an easy read for anyone interested in understanding the problem.”–Ergonomics Australia Journal, March 2010
About the Authors:
Lauriann Greene, CEAS has been a leading writer, educator and researcher on injury prevention for manual therapists since 1995. She studied at Brown University, Harvard University and the Mannes College of Music before graduating with honors in 1993 from Seattle Massage School. As a result of her extensive research on occupational musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and her own experience with work-related injury, Lauriann developed the Save Your Hands!® Injury Prevention Workshops for massage therapists in 1993, which she presented to hundreds of students and professionals across the United States and Canada. In 1995, she wrote the 1st Edition of Save Your Hands!, the first comprehensive book on injury prevention ever published for manual therapists.
Richard W. Goggins, MS, CPE, LMP is Board Certified as a Professional Ergonomist, and is a Licensed Massage Practitioner in Washington State. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Human Factors/Ergonomics from the University of Southern California (USC). During and following his time at USC, Rick worked for Hughes Space and Communications in El Segundo, Calif., helping them to establish their ergonomics program. From there, he moved north to work for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, where he is now the Senior Ergonomist with their Division of Occupational Safety and Health.