Chiropractic Tips for Hair Stylists
By Sara Butler
Hair stylists have special concerns when it comes to keeping their bodies healthy and free from joint restriction and dysfunction. Many stylists must deal with shoulder and neck pain over the course of their careers, which is why regular chiropractic care is so important for people in this profession. If you’re a hair stylist, here are some tips to help keep you healthy from the chiropractors at The Joint.
Problems Can Arise
What special problems do stylists face? The very nature of the job means they must stand for long periods of time with their arms, shoulders, and neck tensed in order to cut and style hair. The body isn’t designed to work that way, so eventually decreased blood flow in these areas will lead to tissue damage and an injury known as a repetitive strain injury.
But try not to worry. With the help of a chiropractor, stylists can try to avoid these problems.
In order to help prevent shoulder, neck, and arm pain, stylists should:
- Arrive to work early – Getting to work in a rush will make muscles tense before the shift has even started and that’s not a good way to get things going for the day. Try to get to work a little early so you can go into your day relaxed and calm with muscles that aren’t tense.
- Do some stretching – Being a hair stylist is a physically demanding job, so it should be treated just as any other physical activity, which means you must do some light stretching throughout the day. Ask the chiropractor about stretches that focus on the arms, shoulders, and neck.
- Take small breaks – It may take some time to get used to, but you need to work small breaks into sessions with clients. Let the arms drop down and hang loose to relax the muscles every few minutes.
- Use a stool – If you can, it will help to use a small stool periodically throughout the day to take the pressure off of your lower back and feet.
- Keep the client low – Keep the client’s chair low or stand on a small platform so you don’t have to raise your arms up high so often.
- Keep the wrists straight – A lot of problems in the arms, hands, and wrists start from holding the wrists in an unnatural position for much of the day. Try to keep the wrists straight so less stress and strain is placed on the forearms.
These small tips should help hair stylists stay healthy at they work, but don’t forget how important regular chiropractic care is to your overall health and wellness too!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.