Ergonomics & self-care

Your posture is important, whether you’re sitting or standing up to do a treatment. Try to find a working position that is comfortable for you and reduces the need to lean over to just one side.

Use height adjustable treatment couches and chairs. Choose a height that reduces your need for bending over the client. Ideally, your back should be at a 90-degree angle. Your chair should be comfortable to avoid pressure point sores or injury.

Try to avoid twisting the neck, keep your head upright and keep your shoulders relaxed.

Never ignore pain; look at ways to alleviate the symptoms. If you can’t take a break during treatment, then adopt gentle stretching techniques.

Repetitive strain injuries can be caused by using the same movements repeatedly. Try to avoid repetitive flexing of the wrist and instead alternate by bending elbows or shoulders instead. Equipment should feel comfortable in your hand and have as minimal vibration as possible.