Save Your Hands! 15th AnniversaryPress Reviews of Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition
Journal of Associated Massage Therapists Ltd., Australia
"This book is so good it actually reviews itself … 'If this book does not help you prevent injuries as a manual therapist, nothing will.'… so says Steve Capellini, author and educator, who neatly sums up the merits of Save Your Hands! in a single statement. This book gets high marks for sheer comprehensiveness. You are bound to find a pearl of wisdom to suit your particular needs. Treats the therapist as a "whole" person and gives advice to span the entire career of the therapist."
Ergonomics Australia Journal Save Your Hands! 2nd Ed. is Eric Hoffer Award Finalist
"One of (the book's) strengths is that it offers value for the experienced OHS practitioner as well as an inexperienced member of the wider community. Ergonomists will appreciate the fact that it presents a holistic view of a person, task and environment … something that is not always appreciated by either busy medical practitioners or business management. Their book is well written and edited and is a desirable addition on the bookshelf of any health related professional. It is a cogent textbook for the health professional and an easy read for anyone interested in understanding the problem."
Advance for Physical Therapy
"Save Your Hands! is a valuable contribution to the manual therapy profession. This would be an important text for LMP, OT, PT, chiropractic and osteopathic students to read, so they can be proactive and not wait until injuries occur in their practice. It is difficult to find another whole text devoted to this topic and perhaps no other covers it so completely. Look at your hands. They are your tools and this book is an essential resource for protecting them."
"Save Your Hands! 2nd Edition is an excellent book for chiropractors as well as other manual therapy practitioners.I’ve practiced chiropractic and researched ergonomic solutions to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) for over 20 years, and I find this book valuable for providing strategies that will help practitioners spare their bodies. Save Your Hands! could save a career and I highly recommend it to chiropractors." Read entire review online here
The Light Touch: AMTA-Montana Chapter Newsletter
"I have personally and professionally benefited from reading and applying practical information of the 1st edition of Save Your Hands! I am still amazed at how much more there is to learn about self-care, ergonomics, injury prevention, conditioning and once again applying the knowledge to my Massage Therapy practice, hence my review of the 2nd Edition . . . a thorough reference and practical guide for practitioners both new and well-seasoned in their therapy career. After reading the book, I know that I have a well-researched, solid manual to turn to as a reference to support my health throughout the continuation of my career."
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
"The 2 authors bring well-rounded knowledge to this topic. They represent practical experience in the ﬁelds discussed, personal experience with pain and injury, and professional experience working in injury prevention and ergonomics. This text presents a practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand approach to injury prevention and ergonomics as it speciﬁcally relates to the work done by health practitioners who perform manual treatment techniques. (The book) fully addresses the ergonomic issues associated with risk factors and strategies used to reduce the risk, and refreshingly discusses some topics that are often overlooked, such as the emotional toll this work can take on the practitioners. The authors have succeeded in providing a well-thought-out and practical guide that manual therapists will ﬁnd useful. The book will be useful for students, those already in the ﬁeld, those dealing with some of the common musculoskeletal injuries discussed, and those who teach. This inexpensive softcover book is a good investment. Any professional who does hands-on treatment should have it on the shelf."
Washington Massage Journal
"This book is the 2nd edition of the definitive self-care manual from Greene and Goggins. This comprehensive guide is very helpful in defining the root causes of common orthopedic injuries suffered by massage therapists. It deals with everything from finding a neutral posture to grappling with tricky emotional issues, creating a positive work environment, healthy breathing, and even outlines physical conditioning routines meant specifically for massage therapists. The book is engaging and easy to use, particularly as a reference tool. It is so comprehensive that, while you may already have excellent habits as a therapist, many of its topics may still be new to you. Just as it is important to have as many references as possible at your fingertips when helping your clients, so it is to have a similar guide for taking care of yourself."
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
"Save Your Hands! offers guidance focused to a specific group of healthcare practitioners at particular risk for upper extremity cumulative injuries. This book provides helpful, clear recommendations about some of the ways that manual therapists can prevent injury. The inclusion of many photographs and illustrations in this book helps therapists to recognize the sorts of "bad" working postures likely to lead to injury. For example, medical center personnel may find it a useful source of information to better understand the hazards awaiting various groups of hospital-based therapists. It would almost certainly be useful reading for trainees pursuing manual therapy careers."
Vitality Magazine (British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology)
"Each and every section of this book contains valuable information to protect a manual therapist's long-term profession against injury. Throughout the book there are tables to refer to for useful facts as well as clear diagrams, photos and images to aid the reader to visualize the information carefully. (Save Your Hands!) would be fantastic as a course book for training purposes to widen knowledge. I think that Save Your Hands! would be the perfect book for anyone in the manual therapy industry who wants to work smarter."
Doody’s Review Service
Reviewer: Chris Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University) Score: 88 out of 100
Purpose: The purpose is to educate readers about work-related musculoskeletal injury, specifically manual therapists and massage therapists who are most vulnerable to overuse injuries of the hands and other joint structures while rendering patient/client care. Given the injury risk in these professions, the authors' objectives appear valid. Audience: The book is primarily written for manual therapists, which includes both massage therapists and physical therapists, who are engaged in hands-on manual procedures for patient treatment. Both students in training and experienced practitioners can benefit from this information. Features: The first of the book's three main parts cites personal and occupational risk factors and ends with a risk worksheet for readers to personally assess injury risk. Part two reviews ergonomic strategies to reduce worker risk. The authors discuss not only work environment risk but also body mechanics and injury prevention outside of the workplace, placing a strong emphasis on overall wellness. Part three discusses injury treatment and recovery. Injuries common to manual therapists are discussed in detail in this well organized section. Numerous tables and highlighted boxes appear throughout the book and the information is clearly written. Nine of the 17 chapters are referenced and a three-page bibliography citing non-peer reviewed and peer reviewed references precedes the index. Overall, the book is a nice overview of generally accepted ergonomic principles and practices. Assessment: This topic is unique and the authors have done a nice job of compiling information that usually is not presented in one source. The book can serve as a comprehensive resource for therapists who themselves need to be reminded of their own health while trying to restore patient health.
Occupational Health Physiotherapy:
The Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics, UK, November 2008
"This is a good book to read early on in your career, as it is packed full of tips that should save a lot of discomfort. It would also be a useful book for those involved in producing training materials, as complex topics are covered in very simple and effective terms . . . I wish that I could have read it 21 years ago when I was starting out in my career."