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"The massage therapy profession needs to practice the preventive medicine it preaches to clients. After clapping their hands in applauding the publication of this common-sense book, massage therapists (especially those who are burned out trying to rescue others) owe it a careful reading." -- Rafael Tuburan, former Editor in Chief, Massage Therapy Journal, 1995

"This text is deep in its information and rich in its suggestions for prevention and treatment of massage-related injuries. Lauriann Greene has successfully addressed all aspects of upper extremity injury from a holistic perspective . . . I urge all massage students and professionals to read this book." -- Diana L. Thompson, L.M.P., author of Hands Heal: Documentation for Massage Therapy, President, Massage Therapy Foundation, 1995.

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You can prevent career-threatening injuries.

Don't let nagging symptoms turn into injuries that can interfere with your massage therapy career. Save Your Hands offers massage students and professionals practical, medically sound information on how to recognize, prevent and treat injuries that are common among massage therapists. In fact, any bodyworker or manual therapist can benefit from the real-life tips and suggestions in Save Your Hands!

In a clear, easy-to-read, illustrated format, Save Your Hands!
- presents stress-reducing alternative massage techniques and approaches
- discusses how to use proper body mechanics to massage with less stress to your upper extremities
- gives you a strengthening and stretching routine designed for massage therapists
- tells you how to keep the demands of school and work from getting you injured
- provides treatment options, both traditional and alternative.

If you have ever had pain or discomfort from doing massage, Save Your Hands! is a sourcebook you can turn to for answers to your questions: Why am I getting these symptoms? What kind of healthcare practitioner should I see and at what point should I seek treatment? How can I schedule my clients so I can keep a manageable work schedule? Save Your Hands will give you clear guidelines to help you answer these questions and more.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gilded Age Press; 1st edition (April 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967954908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967954905
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Massage therapy schools can be lacking when it comes to teaching developing therapists how to prevent injuries as they develop their skills and clientele. This book gives valuable information, exercises, and instructions to fill in this vitally important area . I strongly recommend it for anyone who wishes to have a long and pain-free career in the massage therapy field.
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was written by a woman who injured herself in massage school and then, instead of becoming a massage therapist, wrote this book and now makes her living teaching seminars and selling books. So she may be an expert in what caused HER injury, but does not appear to have any experience actually being a healthy therapist. If your school did not teach anything at all about body mechanics, technique adjustment, or hand safety, you may need this book - but if your school is even the least bit responsible in teaching these skills this book is just an introduction to the concepts. If you need advanced ideas, you won't find them here. Big print, low-quality photos, and self-congratulation seem to be the hallmarks of the book, and I'm glad I was able to leaf through it and not waste my money buying it.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a first trimester massage therapy student, I am already seeing several of my classmates with wrist & hand injuries that could easily become serious. This book should be a required textbook for students beginning massage school. The information is easy to understand, and the exercises are quite effective. Thank you, Ms. Greene.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By massage man on August 17, 2004
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As a Licensed massage therapist of 8 years, specializing in deep tissue work, I went through a period of injury early in my career, and turned to Ms. Greene's book to get help and hope. Unfortunately, I came away more nervous than hopeful of being able to continue with many years in a massage career that I enjoyed so much. I learned from a colleague that Ms. Greene does not practice massage anymore, and does indeed make her living off of her book, and lecturing, as another reviewer commented. In her book she takes prevention to some extremes that a massage practitioner of any experience would scoff at. I found that my period of injury was a good time to research as much as I could from various sources and figure out what would help me. (And subsequently my clients) This is not to say that there isn't some good information to be gleened from this book, but the author has given up the practice of massage, just consider the source.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "dandelions21" on April 8, 2002
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This book is an awesome guide to anyone studying the healing arts. It is a must-read book for how to extend your massage therapy career by saving one of the most valuable tools, your hands. It indeptly describes guides of prevention, exercises to strenghten hands, and tips every therapist needs to know. If massage therapy is your career, this is one book that should not be left out of your collection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2003
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My massage school offered very little information about injury prevention, so this book was an eye-opener for me. I think many students and even professionals don't take care of their own bodies and need the informaton that's in this book. Many of my fellow students became injured while they were in school and didn't know how to deal with it. I have many friends who are massage therapists, and when they have pain they don't know why or what to do about it. I have had pain in my arms several times, and this book helped me figure out why and get the right treatment to keep it from getting worse. I would recommend this book for any massage therapist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sunbow on January 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book after I graduated from a fabulous massage program, while awaiting my license. In the first 10 minutes of reading it, I realized I should have had this information BEFORE I started school! The information is concise, practical, and so very important for those of us who heal with our hands. Now that I'm practicing, I refer to it every couple of weeks, especially when I start feeling any pain in my hands or wrists. It gently reminds me to check my own body mechanics, and that there are other ways to help others ~ without hurting myself.
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on March 26, 2003
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This book is a good start for someone that has no idea what to do to take care of their muscles and joints. As a martial artist, personal trainer, functional fitness expert and a therapeutic massage therapist, I found this book to be simplistic. It is a quick read with basic concepts. In purchasing this book, I was hoping to find something new, some unique ideas. If you have no idea how to care for your body (basics of stretching, contrast therapies, proper posture & alignment) then this book is for you.
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