Save Your Hands! Announces 10-CEU Home-Study Online Course based on the 2nd Edition of Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists

Body of Work Books, a Florida publishing company, is pleased to announce the availability of their new 10-CEU home-study online course for massage therapists. The course is based on the 2nd Edition of Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists. It was created , CEAS, and Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP, co-authors of Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition.  Greene is a leading expert on injury prevention for manual therapists, and Goggins is a certified professional ergonomist and massage therapist with over 17 years experience in occupational health and safety.

The online course is approved for 10 continuing education credits by NCBTMB and the Florida Board of Massage. The key focus of the course is learning how to manage risk factors to prevent work-related injury in the practitioner’s career. Included is information on proper body mechanics, using the principles of ergonomics to create a healthy workspace and scheduling practices, addressing emotional issues that increase injury risk, and modifying techniques to reduce stress to the practitioner’s body. Additionally, physical conditioning, with stretches, exercises and workout routines designed specifically for manual therapists by a doctor of physical therapy, is included as another important facet of injury prevention. Finally, a discussion of common injuries and the most effective treatment methods for them, including allopathic and complementary approaches, will help those who experience symptoms or injury get back to health (and to work) as quickly as possible.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common among manual therapists.  A number of studies have shown high injury rates among massage therapists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, hand therapists and chiropractors. In their study of injury among American massage therapists and bodyworkers, published in Massage and Bodywork in 2006, Greene and Goggins generated the first reliable statistics indicating that musculoskeletal symptoms and injury are common among these practitioners. These studies indicate that MSDs are largely due to the physical demands of the practitioners’ work on their bodies. It is important to note, however, that injury is preventable. The Save Your Hands! book and course present proven methods to help manual therapists prevent injury and protect and prolong their careers.

The “Save Your Hands! Online Home Study Course” is available at www.saveyourhands.com. The retail price is $124 and includes the Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition textbook. Course enrollment is also available without the textbook for $99, for those therapists who already own the textbook. Bulk discounts are available for spas, clinics and other businesses who wish to ensure that their employees learn effective techniques to prevent injury on the job. Reseller discounts are also available. For more information, call (877) 424-0994, or email syhcourses@saveyourhands.com.

Evaluation copies of Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition are available for schools and resellers. The authors are available for interviews. 

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