If you use your massage chair or table for on-site massage, take a look at these injury prevention tips for massage therapists who have a mobile practice:
Buy the lightest table or massage chair you can find.
- Use a cart or wheeled carrying case for transporting the table or chair.
- Consider the type of vehicle you drive to clients’ homes. Look for one that gives you good access to the table or chair without having to reach or bend to lift it out of the trunk or cargo space.
- Avoid lifting the table or anything heavy just after driving, especially if you have traveled a long distance or over rough roads. The combination of whole-body vibration and static loading from sitting in one position can make your lower back susceptible to injury.
- Check out the path to the clients’ home and the area where you will be setting up your table before carrying it in, to make sure there are no obstacles or impediments that could make the lifting and carrying awkward or more difficult.
- Avoid being put in a position where you are expected to help the client move heavy furniture to make room for your table. When you schedule appointments, give clients guidelines for the amount of working space you will need, so they can find an appropriate space for you to work in their home or office.
Reproduced with permission from Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition , C.E.A.S., and Richard W. Goggins, C.P.E., L.M.P., © 2008 Gilded Age Press, www.saveyourhands.com.