A career as a massage therapist can be extremely rewarding. Not only do you get to do a job that you love, but you help people to feel better in the process. Whatever type of massage you offer, you are pretty much guaranteed to return home from work each day with an incredible amount of satisfaction! But you could also take home an injury of your own if you don’t look after yourself properly.
It’s no big revelation that constantly providing massage incorrectly can be hard on your hands and upper extremities. As in any career overuse of any one part of the body can increase risk of soft tissue injuries involving muscles and tendons.
Overuse syndrome is defined as a chronic injury because of its gradual onset and typically long duration. There may be no definable “acute” stage to the injury, but the symptoms can increase in severity at times. The most common potential injury sites in massage therapists are the thumb, the wrist, and the forearm.
If you have a busy clinic and don’t offer any other forms of treatment or any forms of ‘hands free’ massage treatment you have to be careful in taking good care of yourself. So with all of this in mind, it should be your number one self-care priority to prevent these types of injuries. After all, you’re no good to your clients if you can’t comfortably provide the therapies on your service list!
Being in good physical health also helps you to apply yourself and reduce stress. Anyone who runs their own business knows how demanding it can be!
That’s why we make it our priority that our students are well looked after by offering courses that are designed to help massage therapists take care of their most important assets!
We highly recommend that all qualified therapists consider taking the following courses:
Hot and cold stone massage is an effective way in which you can protect your hands and joints and enhance client experience at the same time! Self injuries aside, it’s also a great therapy to add to your list of services as it can be used to treat specific problems that your clients may present with. With the advent of portable heating bags, this therapy is now also popular amongst mobile therapists.
Hot stone massage combines the benefits of heat application with massage strokes. By using basalt stones, the technique creates a deep, relaxing and tension-reducing treatment. As the hot stones warm the skin, the skin absorbs appropriate therapeutic oils while preparing the musculature of the body. This allows you, as a therapist, to work deeper into the muscle layers.
Cold stone therapy (cryotherapy), works on the principle of heat exchange. This occurs when a cooler object is placed in direct contact with a warmer object. For areas of inflammation, for example, the cooler object will absorb the heat of the warm area in an attempt to achieve balance.
To give you an idea of how much these types of therapies can prevent injury, it is generally accepted that one stroke of a heated basalt stone is equivalent to five strokes of your hand!
Find out more about our Hot and Cold Stone Massage CPD Course here.
There’s no better way to protect your hands from becoming strained or injured than not to use them! Hands free massage techniques can drastically reduce the amount of strain placed on your hands while you provide treatments. And the best part is that it doesn’t offer any less of a beneficial massage! In fact, with this option on your service list, you’ll probably find that many of your clients comment on how good the techniques feel and even come back asking specifically for a hands free massage!
On this course you will discover how to effectively use other parts of your body, such as your forearms and elbows, to safely massage your clients. By using the hands free approach, you will learn how to work at a deeper muscular level and to adapt pressure to clients’ individual needs. The course will also provide a thorough insight into how to further reduce stresses and strains on your body as you treat your clients.
Because hands free massage techniques use the forearm and elbow, they can be easily integrated into your own particular massage routine. This extended qualification will help you to offer a wider range of services to existing and new clients whilst saving your hands, thumbs and wrists! A double bonus!
Find out more about our Hands Free Massage CPD Course here.
Research conducted in 2008 reported that despite the majority of massage therapists reporting that they received proper training in posture and self-care, there was still a high prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries. The highest reporting of pain was that in the wrist and thumb (83%).
Don’t be another statistic! You need to look after yourself to look after your clients.