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  • Three Reasons Why Fall Prevention is Better than Fall Protection

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    Make sure your massage therapy clinic is protected from massage therapy clients falling in your place of buisness. Fall protection has been an area of much concern for safety professionals and business managers over the last decade, as slip-and-falls in the workplace account for the majority of work-related accidents. In fact, three of the top ten most common workplace accidents are related to falls. As a result of this high statistic, major players in fall prevention and fall protection are taking charge to increase safety awareness and develop training programs through OSHA and other government agencies in attempts to lower the potential risks.

    For many years, OSHA enforced fall protection rules and regulations for construction and manufacturing companies that required the purchase and implementation of fall protection equipment when workers are 3 feet above the ground. Although the implementation of protective gear is proactive towards the health and safety of workers around the country, prevention altogether provides a possible solution before an event even occurs. Recently, more and more companies are implementing fall prevention programs and following OSHA recommended techniques for a safe, slip-and-fall free workplace. Below are just a few reasons why prevention is always better than protection.

    Prevention vs. Protection

    Solving Problems Before They Happen – Naturally as human beings we are reactive toward situations that arise on a daily basis. The only problem with the reaction in fall protection is the potential for severe injury, even with workers wearing protective gear. Fall prevention, on the other hand, comes as a preparatory agent and may eliminate hazards altogether. By installing guardrails or identifying potential hazards prior to each workday, you’re ensuring the well-being of your workers, allowing them to produce efficiently without danger. As a result, if a fall does occur, you are confident that you took all preventive measures in deflecting the possibility of one occurring.

    It is Definitely Cheaper – Prevention always has its upfront costs. As with any venture, initial expenditures are needed for long-term stability and prosperity. With fall prevention, business owners and managers will reap the benefits of long-term health and productivity from workers without additional fees in the future or fines from OSHA. Additionally, prevention decreases the risk of a potential fall. Even if fall protection is provided to the workers – fall protection only saves lives, but does not prevent possible injuries. Many slip and fall victims wearing fall protection still end up with broken bones, bruises, and concussions during a fall, depending on the distance. Either way, prevention helps lower the chance of future company costs for medical bills and lost labor.

    OSHA Will Side With You – Slip-and-falls on the job are, unfortunately, going to happen, and every year workers experience injuries, or even fatalities, from work-related accidents. Many of these accidents that occur are preventable and often occur due to negligence from management – either with training or equipment. However, for the rare few freak accidents that occur, or for the accidents that occur due to worker incompetence, management will have OSHA’s support if preventive measures were taken and fall protection was worn. If every possible measure was taken, both preventive and in-the-moment, OSHA does not have a case against the company in terms of compliance. On the other hand, if a company’s leadership does not take preventive measures or provide the proper fall protection equipment or training, it may face some serious fines or jail time.

    It is a win-win situation to take preventive slip and fall measures by clearing out or labeling hazardous worksites, as well as setting up guardrails and covers. In the long-run, you’ll save money for the company, and more importantly, you may just save a life. This falls under massage therapy medical errors prevention in the massage therapy industry. Visit the OSHA website on fall prevention at www.osha.gov.

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  • Think Positive No Matter What Happens Today


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    “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” - Henry David Thoreau

    “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” - John Muir

    “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” - Albert Einstein (Or woman)

    “Serve the needs of others, and all your own needs will be fulfilled. Through selfless action, fulfilment is attained.” - Lao Tzu

    “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” - Mother Teresa

    “Give up and you will succeed.” - Lao Tzu

    “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” - Thomas Merton

    “Know thyself.” - Socrates

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  • How Negative Emotions Effect Our Health

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    Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Convexly, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed, you will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode.What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts? What about when we are not emotionally charged to neither positive nor negative? Let’s explore how these affect our body and life.

    Positive vs. Negative
    Is there duality in our world? Sure, you could say there is to a degree, but mostly we spend a lot of time defining and judging what is to be considered as positive and what we consider to be as negative. The brain is a very powerful tool and as we define what something is or should be, we begin to have that result play out in our world. Have you ever noticed, for example that someone driving can get cut off and lose their lid, get angry and suddenly they are feeling negative, down and in bad mood? Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the brake slightly and move on with their day as if nothing happened. In this case, the same experience yet one sees it as negative while the other doesn’t. So are things innately positive and negative? Or do we define things as positive and negative?

    Cut The Perceptions As Much As Possible
    After thinking about it for a moment you might realize that there are in fact no positive or negative experiences other than what we define as such. Therefore our very perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected. While we can always work to move beyond our definitions of each experience and move into a state of mind/awareness/consciousness where we simply accept each experience for what it is and use it as a learning grounds for us, we may not be there yet and so it’s important to understand how certain emotions can affect our health.

    “If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates

    Mind Body Connection
    The connection between your mind and body is very powerful and although it cannot be visually seen, the effects your mind can have on your physical body are profound. We can have an overall positive mental attitude and deal directly with our internal challenges and in turn create a healthy lifestyle or we can be in negative, have self destructive thoughts and not deal with our internal issues, possibly even cloak those issues with affirmations and positivity without finding the route and in turn we can create an unhealthy lifestyle. Why is this?

    Our emotions and experiences are essentially energy and they can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies. Have you ever experienced something in your life that left an emotional mark or pain in a certain area of your body? Almost as if you can still feel something that may have happened to you? It is likely because in that area of your body you still hold energy released from that experience that is remaining in that area. I came across an interesting chart that explores some possible areas that various emotions might affect the body.

    When you have a pain, tightness or injuries in certain areas, it’s often related to something emotionally you are feeling within yourself. At first glance it may not seem this way because we are usually very out of touch with ourselves and our emotions in this fast paced world, but it’s often the truth. When I’ve had chronic pains in my back, knees, neck or shoulders, it wasn’t exercise, physio or anything in a physical sense that healed it, it was when I dealt with the emotions behind it. I know this because I spent the time and money going to physio and even though I wanted and believed I would get better, something wasn’t being addressed still. The more I addressed the unconscious thought pattern and emotions throughout my body, the more things loosened up and pain went away.

    When you get sick or are feeling a lot of tightness and pain, often times our body is asking us to observe yourself and find peace once again within yourself and your environment. It’s all a learning and growing process we don’t have to judge nor fear.

    You Have The Power

    Davis Suzuki wrote in ‘The Sacred Life’, ‘condensed molecules from breath exhaled from verbal expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy, contain toxins. Accumulated over 1 hr, these toxins are enough to kill 80 guinea pigs!’ Can you now imagine the harm you are doing to your body when you stay within negative emotions or unprocessed emotional experience throughout the body?

    Remember, you have all the power in you to get through anything life throws at you. Instead of labeling with perception the concepts of negative and positive as it relates to each experience you have in your life, try to see things from a big picture standpoint. Ask yourself, how can this help me to see or learn something? Can I use this to shift my perception? Clear some emotion within myself? Realize something within another and accept it? Whatever it may be, instead of simply reacting, slow things down and observe. You will find you have the tools to process emotions and illness quickly when you see them for what they are and explore why they came up. If you believe you will get sick all the time, and believe you have pain because it’s all out of your control, you will continue to have it all in an uncontrollable manner until you realize the control you have over much of what we attract within the body.

    Resource: David Suzuki donates his royalties from sales of The Sacred Balance to the David Suzuki Foundation.

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  • LLCs Perfect Asset Protection for Massage Therapists


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    Just like practicing medical error prevention in your massage therapy practice, you also need to protect yourself from being sued. Getting sued is for the birds, and it can leave a nasty stain on your company. So, just like separating your colors and your whites, it's important to separate your cash from your massage therapy business. If something were to go wrong, you don't want your personal assets mixed in with your business assets. Keep things nice and tidy, and consider forming a limited liability company for your business. LLCs are perfect for one-owner massage therapy businesses, and it'll help prevent anything from tarnishing your finances.

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  • Fingernails are Windows to Health

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    Our fingernails are clear signs of what is happening inside your body. As massage therapists, or reflexologists know the warning signs to help your clients.

    Take a good long look at your massage client's finger and toe nails. Look at each individual nail for curves, dips, ridges, and grooves. Check out how thick or thin they are and if the nails are chipped or broken. Make a note of the color of the nail itself, the skin under it, and the skin around the nail.

    Changes to fingernails and disease onset are linked, so note any new developments. With this fresh view, compare what you see with this list of eight potential fingernail health warnings.

    Discolored nails

    A healthy fingernail should be pink with a touch of pinkish white (moons) near the base. Nails are a dull color or streaked with other colors may indicate a serious hidden health problem. Green nails are a sign of bacterial infection. Red streaks in the nail bed are a warning of a heart valve infection. Blueish nails signal low oxygen levels in the blood. Dull nails mean a vitamin deficiency. White nails may signal liver disease, such as hepatitis. Dark stripes at the top (Terry’s nails) are associated with aging and congestive heart failure. We, as massage therapists and reflexologists are not trying to diagnose our clients but it is our job to know when to refer them to a medical professional.

    Thick nails

    Thick nails are not natural. Nails need to be strong, but if they resemble talons or claws more than traditional nails watch out! Thickened nails that are otherwise normal can signal lung disease. Thick and rough-textured nails can signal a fungal infection. Thick and separated nails may mean thyroid disease or psoriasis. Unusual thickness may also be a symptom of a circulation problem. Thickening nails are a change that should tune you in to other health symptoms. Also watch out for allergic reactions to new medications which can show up as suddenly thick nails.

    Split nails

    Split nails aren’t just occasionally chipped or shut in doors. Instead, these nails seem to flake away in layers. Don’t blame frequent handwashing or nail polish for everything, especially since: Split nails result from folic acid, Vitamin C, and protein deficiencies. Split nails combined with a pitted nail bed (base) can signal psoriasis, which begins in nails 10% of the time according to WebMD. Split nails may result from chronic malnutrition. Diet is also a strong indication of nail health. We are what we eat.

    Concave (Spoon) nails

    Spoon fingernails signal a number of internal issues. To be considered full spoons, nails will be soft and curve up, forming a dip that is often big enough to hold water. Spoon nails signal:
    Iron deficiency (usually from anemia). Hemachromatosis, a liver disorder where your body absorbs too much iron. These type of nails may be an indication of Heart disease and Hypothyroidism. Fingernail and health challenges go hand in hand – for many people, clearing up their health issue results in their spoon nails returning back to normal.

    Pitted nails

    Small dips or holes in the fingernails can be a result of injuring the hands – or could be a sign of more serious health issues. Nail pitting can signal: Psoriasis, Connective tissue disorder, Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss. Or a Zinc deficiency (when the pit seems to form a line across the middle of  the nail). The first will clear up quickly, but pits linked to disease linger.

    Ridges

    Nails should have smooth surfaces with almost imperceptible lines. Obvious ridge lines are a signal that something is up with the body. Some of the most common conditions associated with heavy ridge lines are: , Iron deficiency, Inflammatory arthritis, Lupus (for red lines at the base of the nails)

    Dry, brittle nails

    If your nails are dry and brittle, could indicate hormone changes and bacterial health.
    Thyroid disease leads to brittle, dry fingernails that crack and split easily. Fungus can make nails dry or even crumbly, affecting 12% of all Americans according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Both thyroid and fungal issues take time to treat, so you won’t see a difference in the look of your fingernails for a full growth cycle.

    Clubbed nails

    Plump skin that seems to swell around the nail, or if your nails seem to have puffed around your fingers, they are said to be “clubbed”. Clubbed nails can mean: Lung disease, especially if there is a history of respiratory issues. Also may be a indication of Inflammatory bowel disease, Liver disease. Fingernails won’t be the only signs of these diseases, but they can provide confirmation or motivation to seek medical care. Be aware of your client's hands or the health warnings they send. Fingernails and disease are closely related. Massage therapists and reflexologists need to observe our clients for their better health.

    Massage Specialties CEUS reflexology courses include information about nail health.

    Article Sources
    Trimarchi, M. Top 5 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health. Discovery Health.
    Mayo Clinic. Slide Show: 7 Fingernail Problems Not to Ignore. 2011 Dec 8.
    Rauh, S. Healthy Fingernails: Clues About Your Health. WebMD.
    Danoff, R. Can Fingernails Indicate a Health Problem? MSN Health.
    Wikipedia. Nail Disease.
    Article Source - losethebackpain.com

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