Learning Objective: Learner will establish self-care practices, including proper body mechanics.
Self-care is ANY activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. The ability to take care of oneself becomes a lifestyle focused on balance and being nurtured by self. This attention to oneself lays a foundation that is transferred into one’s career in wellness which is centered around nurturing one’s clients.
Self-care, stretching, proper body mechanics, and strength & conditioning are critical to career longevity in physically demanding professions that consist of repetitive motions. These repetitive motions can create weakness and stiffness. Most wellness providers will experience injury or pain syndrome at some point in their careers. The need to establish healthy lifestyle practices to prevent or minimize injuries should be a top priority! The most common injuries to service providers are muscle and/or tendon injuries and nerve impingement injuries, both of which stem from repetitive overuse. Proper body mechanics and stretching need to be employed during services for injury prevention and to build a strong resistant body. Establish a lifestyle that is centered around a healthy body and mind.
The average career length for a wellness provider is seven years due to injury and burnout, but following a consistent self-care lifestyle will increase that statistic. The reason for burnout is that wellness providers are not employing self-care and working too much and not understanding their limits. Many times, wellness providers will push past their limits due to client demand, at the expense of their own well-being.