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Therapists often exhaust themselves by trying to treat every trigger point and painful area in their client’s body in one session. Not only can this increase the therapist’s risk of injury, it’s also not necessarily the best thing for the client. Here are five reasons to ease up in your next session.

1. Stifled Adaptation 

Clients can only integrate so much work into their bodies in one session. Limiting your work to treating a half dozen major trigger points in one session will avoid overloading your clients’ ability to adapt to the changes in their neuromuscular systems.

2. Soreness 

The stress of too much deep work can create new muscle guarding and considerable soreness over the next couple of days.

3. Stress

Some muscle guarding may be protective in nature, preventing greater damage and pain; for example, from a bulging disc in the spine. Releasing that muscle guarding too quickly might actually cause more harm than good.

4. Sick and Tired

Overtreatment can create nausea, dizziness and grogginess that can be unpleasant and counterproductive.

5. Stop 

Too much pain as a result of treatment can create a fear/avoidance response that can cause a client to stop seeing you, and may even stop them from seeing any other manual therapist in the future.

Save Your Hands, MASSAGE Magazine


Reproduced with permission from Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, Second Edition, , C.E.A.S., and Richard W. Goggins, C.P.E., L.M.P., © 2008 Gilded Age Press. For more information, visitwww.saveyourhands.com. Read their blog here.