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Save Your Hands!: The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists Paperback – 10 May 2008

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<div class="productDescriptionWrapper">"Save Your Hands! is a valuable contribution to the manual therapy profession. This would be an important text for LMP, OT, PT, chiropractic and osteopathic students to read, so they can be proactive and not wait until injuries occur in their practice. It is difficult to find another whole text devoted to this topic and perhaps no other covers it so completely. Look at your hands. They are your tools and this book is an essential resource for protecting them." --Advance for Physical Therapy, February 2010</div>

"Save Your Hands! is a 332- page, well-written, comprehensive and authoritative book. It is well-designed with clear photos and illustrations, sidebars, tables, tips and hints. It is both a reference and practical guide which, no doubt, will end up being well-thumbed due to its wealth of practical advice, tackling both the physical and emotional aspects of the manual therapist's work. All in all, Save Your Hands! is a book that I will recommend heartily to any aspiring or experienced manual therapist." --Positive Health Magazine, May 2009

"The 2 authors bring well-rounded knowledge to this topic. They represent practical experience in the fields discussed, personal experience with pain and injury, and professional experience working in injury prevention and ergonomics. This text presents a practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand approach to injury prevention and ergonomics as it specifically relates to the work done by health practitioners who perform manual treatment techniques. (The book) fully addresses the ergonomic issues associated with risk factors and strategies used to reduce the risk, and refreshingly discusses some topics that are often overlooked, such as the emotional toll this work can take on the practitioners. The authors have succeeded in providing a well-thought-out and practical guide that manual therapists will find useful. The book will be useful for students, those already in the field, those dealing with some of the common musculoskeletal injuries discussed, and those who teach. This inexpensive softcover book is a good investment. Any professional who does hands-on treatment should have it on the shelf." --Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, October 2009

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The physically demanding work manual therapists do puts them at risk for musculoskeletal injury. But injury is not inevitable. Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition gives manual therapists the proven injury prevention and ergonomics strategies and tips they need to protect their health and prolong their careers. Whether you're a student or an experienced practitioner, this indispensable guide will help you save not only your hands, but also your back, neck, shoulders and emotional well-being throughout a long, healthy career.

In an accessible, richly-illustrated format, Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition shows you how to:
Design your treatment space so you can work safely and efficiently;
Find alternative techniques to protect vulnerable parts of your body;
Improve body mechanics to reduce stress and increase comfort as you work
Stay in shape with a physical conditioning program developed specifically for manual therapists;
Recognize early symptoms and address them effectively before they lead to injury.

In Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition, you'll find a positive, holistic approach to injury prevention, with scores of practical tips and real-life suggestions you can use every day to increase your comfort and safety on the job and prolong your career. What's more, you'll enhance your practice by learning how to use the principles of ergonomics to more effectively treat your clients' musculoskeletal symptoms and injuries.

Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition is a required or recommended text at schools across the US, Canada and worldwide, and has been the leading self-care guide for manual therapists for over a decade.

By Lauriann Greene, CEAS and Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP . Softcover, 352 pages, 83 photos & illustrations. With contributions by Janet M. Peterson, PT, DPT, and Foreword by Ben E. Benjamin, PhD.

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