It's easy to overuse hands during a workday, and then they are still needed for everything we do after work. We need our hands for all aspects of life and daily activities.
A weekend gardening project, painting a room in the house, or trimming a tree all use the same muscles massage therapists use while working. Those are sporadic activities, but what about a massage therapist's hobby that requires hand repetitive movements? Playing the piano or guitar, knitting or crocheting, sewing, gardening are all movements that wouldn't give the hands the rest they need.
When your chosen profession and the activities you love require hands to have extra care, here are the top five ways to provide excellent self care to your hands.
Being self-employed brings a different set of scheduling challenges than therapists who have someone else writing their schedule.
Massage therapists know hands are their most important asset. Education, intuition, and experience are nothing without the tools to carry out the massage session. Protecting and caring for these important tools is never more important than when they start to hurt. Here are some self-care ideas for the massage therapist's hands that therapists can do between clients or at home to prevent and care for hand pain.
This rapid shaking of the hands rejuvenates tiered hands and only takes 20-30 seconds. Holding the hands out in front of you, elbows bent, shake hands back and forth with loose wrists very quickly. Watch a video here.
Ice cubes in a bag or water frozen in a paper cup are all you need for a quick ice massage on your hands and forearms. The two best places to concentrate the ice massage as self-care are at the thenar eminence and at the elbow's tendons, where tendonitis begins. The inner...
We had time to learn and practice good body mechanics, and now, months or years later, maybe we've gotten lazy, picked up bad habits, or made adjustments because the room we work in is too small.
The main reason massage therapists' bodies begin to hurt is bad body mechanics. We are really good at modifying and compensating our body mechanics for:
To help therapists who are in their first year out of massage school and those who've been massaging for 20 years, here are the most important body mechanics practices to stay working pain-free.
Using feet and legs to your full advantage takes some...
On a cold rainy day, a breakfast smoothie doesn't sound as appealing as something hot. This hot breakfast idea hits the spot and is ready in 7 minutes. Have these healthy staples on hand to whip up this balanced breakfast and keep your hunger at bay for hours!
This 7-minute breakfast bowl has steel-cut oats sprinkled with chia seeds and pepitas, topped with a fried egg, blueberries, and sliced tomato. The best thing about this hot meal is it's a balanced breakfast. When you eat carbohydrates, protein, and fat in a meal, you stay full much longer. Let's break it down.
Steel Cut Oats are a high-quality complex carbohydrate with a good amount of fiber and protein. Complex carbohydrates aren't as refined as simple carbs and keep you full longer.
Your body uses a complex carb over a long period of time instead of burning it quickly like a...
This at-home workout for massage therapists strengthens the abs, chest, shoulders, and legs.
With no equipment needed, this workout is easy to perform anywhere and helps build strength to support massage therapists' body mechanics while they work.
A leading cause of overuse injury in the massage therapy field is poor body mechanics and lack of strength to support the work an individual performs.
Strength and fitness allow massage therapists to work long, pain-free careers without injury.
This video's information is for general knowledge only, and exercises should not be performed without a doctor's consent.
Circuit D should be completed without a break until the end of the third exercise and then move on to circuit E. The same applies to circuit E to F.
As a massage therapist, you know how it feels after a full day at work. It's fulfilling because you helped a lot of people, made good money, but your body is TIRED.
It's more than tired, your hands hurt, your low back needs an hour of yoga, and your thumbs feel like they're going to fall off. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating, but you're familiar with the aches and pains. Am I right?
Let's look at some perfect for the massage therapist self-care routine ideas you can implement to feel better today.
You probably recommend icing to your clients, so it's time to practice what you preach. That fatigue you feel in your hands, neck, back . . . you fill in the blank, is from overuse.
Two main reasons your feeling this is are poor body mechanics in that area and/or lack of strength and conditioning in that area to complete the workload you're asking of it.
There is some good information...
Massage therapists know the importance of core strength at the massage table and this ab workout hits all the abdominal muscles.
From rectus abdominis to obliques and lower abdominals, this workout will strengthen the core so massage therapists can support their work better and stay injury-free.
No more hurting low back at the end of a long massage day. No more aching mid-back or tiered shoulders and neck.
The stronger the core, the better posture is and the better a massage therapist's body mechanics will be.
This workout is for general information and suggested exercises shouldn't be performed without a doctor's consent.
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Massage therapists use their hands and other parts of their arms all day giving massage so when elbow pain starts it's an all hands on deck moment.
Really, the prevention should have started long before the pain shows up.
Knowledge is power so let's look at why the elbow pain is happening and then how we can prevent and treat it.
The short answer is poor body mechanics but that doesn't help you unless you know what you are doing that's causing the pain.
Massage therapists use their hands A LOT during a massage session. Hands are our main tool.
You should be using other tools at least 40% of the massage but if you're determined to use your hands, let's see the specific reasons why the elbow pain starts.
While you are using petrissage be aware that your wrists are staying neutral.
When kneading, aim to knead without a lot of...
Massage therapists are often taught good body mechanics in massage school but injury still seems to plague many over time.
This workout helps build strength in the core, butt, and legs to become stronger which helps the body work injury-free for many years in the massage career.
Massage therapists know the importance of body mechanics so take action, put some time into your body and get stronger with this workout!
This week's workout titled ABC Circuit is working abs, butt, and legs from your own home and you won't need any equipment.
Circuit A has three exercises and should be completed in 10 minutes. Go as fast as you can, without sacrificing proper form, through the reps, and move on to the next exercise looking forward to a 90-second break at the end of the circuit.
Circuit B has three exercises, a ten-minute time cap, and a 90-second break at the end.
Circuit C will follow the same outline. You get a break and can go back to the beginning to repeat all circuits or pick your...