A good business plan also takes contingencies into account: those cases where, despite your best efforts, unforeseen events can still occur. Manual therapists can start developing symptoms even if they have been careful and used good prevention techniques. How much of a financial impact the symptoms will have on the therapist’s work life depends on how early and effectively they choose to address those symptoms. With early, appropriate treatment, therapists may be able to continue to work as they treat their symptoms, or perhaps only have to take a week or two off to rest the affected part of their body. By waiting to treat or choosing treatments that are less effective, they may end up with a full-blown injury that can require months off of work for rehabilitation and recovery. They may even risk chronic injury that can interrupt or cut short their career. It is very important to seek early, effective treatment, and understand the potential consequences of doing otherwise.
Portions of this article reprinted from Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition, Copyright © 2008 Gilded Age Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Lauriann Greene, CEAS and Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP are co-authors of the all-new 2nd Edition of Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists , the leading textbook on self-care used in massage schools across the U.S. and Canada. Lauriann and Richard have published numerous articles in national massage and spa magazines on this subject, co-authored the first statistical study on injury among massage therapists, and offer continuing education courses, a Certified Injury Prevention Instructor program, and consulting and training to help massage therapists prevent workplace injury. For more information, please visit www.SaveYourHands.com or call 877-424-0994.