Part II: Learn why self-care is critical to injury prevention for CEU credit

A few days back, we shared a course that was focused on YOU and incorporating simple but effective techniques into your massage practice to prevent injury.  We’d like to continue in that spirit and share another opportunity to learn about self-care. AMTA’s course on efficient body mechanics can help you prevent muscle strain and joint damage to help keep your own body in great shape while working in tandem with your career in massage therapy.

Earn 3.0 CEU credits by taking Self-Care for Massage Therapists: Body Mechanics which will give you a solid understanding of how body mechanics can help you work smarter, not harder. 

Massage therapists, like athletes, rely on their bodies to produce results and perform at optimal levels. Sustaining a high level of performance requires training, conditioning and body awareness, allowing for recovery time, proper nutrition and regular maintenance.

A solid understanding of body mechanics—or biomechanics—gives massage therapists the tools to provide massage therapy with efficiency, reducing the impact on their body while delivering therapeutic care.

Efficient body mechanics help massage therapists apply pressure evenly without muscle strain or compromising the joints, and with sufficient breath to ensure career longevity by decreasing the risk of injury. For peak performance, massage therapists should work smart rather than hard to avoid career-ending injuries.

The study of body mechanics helps massage therapists deliver both effective and efficient massage therapy while helping reduce the impact on their body while delivering therapeutic care. Learn body position guidelines to help deliver massage strokes efficiently and minimize bodily stress. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define the role of body mechanics in massage therapy.
  2. Describe how the delivery of force in massage therapy is affected by gravity.
  3. Describe how to effectively bend via a squat bend.
  4. Describe how the position of your feet and the orientation of your trunk affect the force of a massage stroke.
  5. Explain stacking joints and how it affects the delivery of a massage stroke.
  6. Describe how the use of larger muscles and a larger contact area improves the delivery of massage therapy or skincare service. 
  7. Explain why regular maintenance of your own body is important for massage therapists. 

About the author(s)
Sandra Anderson has certifications in massage therapy, shiatsu, and Thai massage. For 12 years she instructed at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, AZ. For five years she served as chair of the Examination Committee for NCBTMB. She has authored five textbooks.

Based on original content by Joseph Muscolino, DC

Joe Muscolino is a licensed chiropractic physician and has been an instructor of musculoskeletal and visceral anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology courses for more than 20 years. He is an NCBTMB-approved provider.

Check out part two of this complimentary series on self-care from AMTA by visiting the course description page here. Did you miss our note about part one? Learn more about injury prevention here

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