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Save Your Hands! Injury Prevention Workshop

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Ricochet Body Solutions

619 Madison St #110

Oregon City, OR 97045

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Save Your Hands! Continuing Education Workshops

Why do Massage Therapists Need to Learn about Injury Prevention?

The work that manual therapists do is physically demanding.Practitioners often use repetitive movements, hand force, static loading and awkward postures in their work, all recognized risk factors for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The therapist’s age, general health, previous injuries and other personal physical and emotional factors are additional risk factors. It is not surprising to learn that, as a result of these factors, manual therapists experience high rates of MSDs.

Before you start thinking about putting your treatment table up for sale, it’s important to understand that injury is NOT inevitable.Many professions have inherent risks, and most people in these professions have successful, long-term careers. There is a great deal you can do to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place, and to minimize their effects if they do occur.

The keys to managing your risk of injury are to:

Reduce your exposure to risk factors as much as possible. You can do this by modifying the risk factors you can change (like repetitive movement or awkward postures), and maintaining awareness of and developing coping strategies for those you can’t change (like your age or previous injuries);

Treat symptoms early and effectively, to keep them from leading to injury.

Proven methods exist to lower the incidence of work-related injury. Many of them involve making simple but important changes to your activities, both at work and elsewhere; others will take more thought and practice to apply. But taking the necessary steps to prevent injury is much easier and less disruptive to your career than dealing with an injury once it has occurred. Ideally, all students should learn effective injury prevention and ergonomics techniques during their training, to prepare them for the challenges of their future careers.

A Multi-Faceted, Holistic Approach to Injury Prevention

Decades of research have shown that reliance on just one tactic, like improving your body mechanics or doing strengthening exercises, is rarely effective in preventing MSDs. Since multiple factors are involved in causing work-related injuries, a successful prevention strategy must be holistic and multifaceted, combining many of these tactics to address all of the potential causes.

There are five primary steps to injury prevention:

1. Maintaining awareness of the risk of injury in your work

2. Understanding how risk factors cause injury

3. Reducing risk factors through ergonomics

4. Developing good body mechanics and work practices

5. Taking care of your general physical and emotional health, including physical conditioning.

This comprehensive, holistic approach to injury prevention is taught in the Save Your Hands!® Workshop, using the best-selling textbook Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition textbook.

Registration ends 2 weeks prior to workshop dates unless you have previously purchased and read the book. This is to give you time to read through the Save Your Hands! book prior to the workshop. You may purchase the book separately and begin reading through it at any time, and participate in another workshop when able. Workshop may be cancelled if there are not enough registered participants.

This workshop is for new and seasoned LMTs, bodyworkers, pre-licensed massage graduates, students, and even estheticians based on the 2nd edition Save Your Hands! book. Expect to learn about risk factors for injuries, how ergonomics and body mechanics differ and how each can affect injury risk, identify symptoms of injury, and how to adapt this information to your current practice immediately with lots of hands-on time during the workshop.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so sign up today! "The most successful stories are the ones we'll never hear. Success is silent sometimes."

Get MORE or LESS CEUs! The 6 CEU course is the standard, but can be adapted into 8 or 3 CEUs as needed. Contact me to discuss availability and cost. All who attend one of my workshops receive a 20% discount code for other SYH courses online!

Venue suggestions for up to 15 participants, with room for 5 massage tables always welcome! I'd also LOVE to do an exclusive workshop with you and the therapists in your own network. Discounts for such workshops and/or using your office space for workshops! Contact me to discuss details.


Location/class size capacity?

The location at 707 Madison Street--inside Heidi's Too Day Spa--can accommdate up to 6 participants. If more people than that register for one particular class, the location will be changed and you will be notified if/when that situation comes up. Plan to be at 707 Madison Street, Oregon City unless you are otherwise informed.

What are my parking options at the event?

You may park on Madison street or behind the Heidi's Too Day Spa & Heidi's Hair Design houses. It usually is not a problem to park in the lutheran church parking lot, if need be.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

You are welcome to bring a lunch with you. Mike's Drive-In old fashioned hamburger restaurant is just across the street, Singer Hill Cafe is a couple blocks down, as well as Super Torta mexican restaurant, if you'd prefer to eat out.

Can I update my registration information?

Please contact me by phone or email if you need to make any changes. 503-318-9626, rachelsheardlmt@gmail.com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Class size is small and personal. Most often, we'll be in contact over the phone prior to the workshop, so don't worry if you forget to bring it with you.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds for cancellations available up to 24hrs prior to start of workshop. If less than 24hrs notice of cancellation is given, you will be offered to register for another date within the next 6 months, or forfeit your payment.

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