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Therapist Injuries – The Hand

Your hands are your major tool as a massage therapist so it pays to take care of them. Preventing injury should therefore be your primary objective.

The injuries most common to massage therapists fall into two categories: muscle/tendon injuries and nerve impingement injuries. Left untreated, these injuries may affect your ability to continue practicing massage so we’ve put together a little list of Do’s and Don’ts to help you.


  • Understand the injuries that massage therapists are prone to so you are aware of any symptoms early
  • Practice good posture
  • Start the day by massaging your own hands with a heat rub
  • At the end of the day stretch the hands and if sore, an ice hand bath can be soothing
  • Use massage tools to take some of the strain from your hands

  • Ignore symptoms, treat straight away
  • Don’t fully extend the thumb or bend it back repetitively
  • Massage clients too deep too soon, warm and loosen the area where the deeper work is needed to reduce undue pressure on the joints of the thumb

There is a wide range of massage tools on the market designed to either support or replace the thumb when doing pressure point work. Try a therapist thumb, knobbler or press bar. Another popular item is the reflex ball which is perfect to easily massage your own hands at the end of a busy day.


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