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February 19, 2005

Injury Issues Among Massage Therapists

This wonderful article published in this month's Massage and Bodywork addresses the touchy issue of injury among massage therapists. Authored by Laurianne Greene, writer of Save Your Hands: Injury Prevention For Massage Therapists, this article challenges the massage profession to improve it's response to injury in the profession and in the schools before therapists have a chance to become injured.

While the increasing number of massage schools offering injury prevention curricula is a positive thing for the profession, I have concerns about a growing trend in schools (and in independent workshops) toward teaching "body mechanics" and touting it as the principal method of preventing massage-related injury.

Despite this instruction, massage therapists continue to get injured, push past their pain, and work beyond their healthy limits.

Shame and lack of education are linked. Shame is the reaction of those who don’t realize what they are suffering is common and widespread and who have been hounded by others who have no more understanding than they do.

In the future, schools will play a major role in determining whether the massage industry continues to grow or whether so many practitioners get injured that massage gets a bad rap as a "tissue" industry: Use them up, and throw them out.

To therapists who have taken useful injury prevention and treatment courses, I would appreciate your comments here so that others may benefit from your experiences.

Posted by linda at February 19, 2005 10:11 PM

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