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Recommended Tools and Equipment


Anti-fatigue mats:
Anti-fatigue & Slip Resistant Footware:
Shock-absorbing insoles:

Massage table carts:

Retrofit height-adjustable table legs:

Saddle stools:

Hand Tools:
Pressure Positive Co.- Knobble, Backnobber and more:

Massage Star:
NMT Bars:


Disability Access Tax Credit: if you buy a power-adjustable table that goes down low enough to improve ease of access for someone who is mobility impaired, you can apply for a tax credit for a little under 50% of the cost. Click here for more information, and click here for the tax form to fill out.

Ergonomics Resources


Washington State Department of Labor and Industries:
Ergonomics Ideas Bank:
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration:
Discussion Forum:

Ergonomics Factors for Your Office:


Computer Workstation Ergonomics


OSHA e-tool:
UCLA Ergonomics Guidelines:
Laptop tips:

Injury Information


eOrthopod: clear, accurate, understandable information about orthopaedic conditions.

Repetitive Strain Injury - - Paul Marxhausen's amazingly comprehensive site on RSI, with many helpful links.
Typing Injury FAQ
: plain talk about many aspects of RSI, including physiology, types of injuries, prevention tips. . .

Back and Bodycare Website: provides answers to the frequently asked questions about back pain, neck pain, and arm/wrist pain, including carpal tunnel and RSI.
Back Pain at Work
: understanding risk factors and prevention strategies.
Hand Injuries and Disorders
: comprehensive information on MSDs and other hand disorders by the National Institutes of Health.
Learning about Tension Myositis Syndrome & Treatment
: this was formerly the Seattle RSI Support Group site, but now it contains information on a new treatment that members have found extremely effective in treating RSI.

Trigger Points - Check Your Symptoms: find the root of your trigger point pain as the first step on your journey to ending your pain.

American Chronic Pain Association: helpful resources for those suffering from MSDs.


Articles/Research on MSDs among Manual Therapists


Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Physical Therapists: examining the prevalence and severity of WMSDs among PTs.
Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Culture of Physical Therapy
: explores how physical therapists see themselves when they experience work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).
Cause, Prevalence, and Response to Occupational Musculoskeletal Injuries Reported by PTs and PTAs
: examines reported causes and prevalence of occupational musculoskeletal injuries to PTs and PTAs during a 2-year period.
A Survey of Musculoskeletal Injuries amongst Canadian Massage Thearpists
: to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and discomfort to the low back, shoulders, neck, wrist and thumbs associated with therapeutic treatments.

Support Groups & Email Discussion Groups


How to start an RSI/MSD Support Group: helpful information as you try to find others to discuss injury with.
RSI Support/Injured Workers Groups:
extensive listing of support groups for workers suffering from musculoskeletal injury. Includes U.S., Canada and international listings.
Sorehand Mailing List: Participate in an online discussion by email about RSI, CTS, etc. Many health care practitioners participate (traditional and alternative), so ask questions, get advice or just vent if you need to.
Awareness: Information resources for those with repeititive strain conditions.
ErgoWeb List
: everyday folks and professionals discuss ergonomics issues and musculoskeletal disorders.

Body Awareness/Body Alignment


The Feldenkrais Method: This type of bodywork can help you become more aware of your body and help you move with greater ease, both important in preventing injury.
Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
: a time-tested method of re-learning how to move your body to reduce stress to your muscles and joints.
Pilates Insight
: Pilates and Pilates exercise equipment for people of all levels of interest and ability.

Hands-On Modalities Web Site


Sohnen-Moe Associates:  provides convenient, affordable access to state-of-the-art information, products, and services for professional development for manual therapists and other professionals.
Business Mastery
:  Written specifically for wellness professionals, Business Mastery helps business owners to reach new levels of success.
Massage Magazine
:  For over 20 years, Massage Magazine has been dedicated to helping massage therapists keep current with established and emerging techniques and grow their practices.
Hospital-Based Massage Network
: the only publication/web-site which focuses exclusively on the rapidly growing field of massage therapy in hospital settings.
National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists
: promotes Massage Therapy as a specialty nursing practice.
TouchPro Institute of Chair Massage
: learn chair massage from the man who started it all, David Palmer.
Associated Massage & Bodywork Professionals
: professional membership association founded in 1987 to provide massage, bodywork and somatic therapies practitioners with professional services, information, and public and regulatory advocacy. Publishers of Massage & Bodywork Magazine.
American Massage Therapy Association
: professional membership association dedicated to advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. Publishers of Massage Therapy Journal.
Himilayan Healers
: school and spas working to preserve the rich history of healing and energy work in the Himalayas, for the benefit of sponsored students from the Untouchable castes of Nepal.

Massage Education: the goal of this site is to provide simple, honest answers to questions that you may have about bodywork therapy.

Musicians & RSI


Musicians and Injuries: and treatment information and links to other sites on musicians' injuries. Includes many articles grouped by instrument.

Performing Arts Medicine Association