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Ergonomics

Posture is important, whether you are 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.

Using 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 cannot take a break during treatment, then you can 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.

 

Storage

  • Make sure you receive a copy of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from your suppliers.
  • All staff must be trained on the use of products and equipment.
  • Training manuals and information leaflets should be accessible to all staff.
  • Store your products correctly by following the guidance on the MSDS.
  • Carry out a risk assessment on each product or COSHH report if required.
  • Keep products in original containers where possible and ensure any decanted products are fully labelled in smaller, purpose-built containers.
  • Keep all flammable products out of direct sunlight and at room temperature or below.
  • Mobile therapists must make suitable travel arrangements to avoid spillage and ensure safe working practice and be professional in appearance.

 

Insurance

There are several types of insurance that are potentially relevant to you as a therapist. The most important is the ‘Professional Indemnity Insurance’ and ‘Public Liability Insurance’. Both are necessary in the unlikely event that a client decided to sue you.

Public Liability Insurance – This covers you if a member of the public, i.e., a client or passer-by is injured on your premises or if their personal property is damaged in any way.

Professional Indemnity Insurance – This protects you should a client decide to sue you claiming personal injury or damage because of treatments carried out by you.

Employer’s Liability Insurance – This is only necessary if you hire others to work for you. This type of insurance would cover you should a member of your staff have an injury on your premises.

Product Liability Insurance – This insurance is important if you plan to use, manufacture, or sell products as part of your business. This will protect you if a client is dissatisfied with the product or experiences a reaction to using the product.

Car Insurance – If a car is used for business purposes, ensure that this is covered by the policy and that theft of equipment is included.

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