Calling all the hairdressers! We all might think being hairstylist or hairdresser is so cool. However, do you that they always experience back ache and hand pain? This blogpost we will share about the occupational hazards of hairdressers and how they can prevent it.
Typical Conditions Attributing to Hairdressing
The nature of work as hairdressers increase the risk of injuries which results in repetitive strain injuries and other conditions, including:
- Stiff neck or spine
- Trigger finger
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Muscle / joint tightening and strain
- Varicose veins
- Trapped nerves
- Tennis elbow
- Headaches and migraines
- Postural Fatigue
- Muscle cramp
Why it happens?
It is not surprised that all hairdressers are on their feet most of the day with their arms out, performing repetitive and intricate tasks. Hence, improper postures, strains and repetitive movements happen and cause them with above injuries, like:
- Certain cutting and blow-drying techniques: force the arms above the shoulders, and the neck/back to bend
- Dull shears: force repetitive movements affecting the hands/wrists
- Non-adjustable height forces static positions and improper posture, forcing strain on all joints
- Low-height wash basins: forcing us in a forward-flexed position when shampooing or applying a gloss, straining all joints
- Failure to use a good hairbrush and ergonomic blow dryer: Forces repetitive movements and excessive strain on the neck, shoulders, wrists, hands, and elbows
- Standing upright for prolonged periods: Excessive strain on feet, ankles, and knees
- Failure to use trolleys and rolling stools: Encourages bad posture
What exercises can I do?
- Inhale as you look up.
- Exhale as you lower your chin toward your chest, stretching the upper part of the neck.
- Inhale as you bring your head to the center.
- Exhale as you lower your ear toward your shoulder on the same side.
Repeat 3 times up and down on each side.
Wrist and Finger Stretching
- Stretch your arm out in front of you.
- Slowly, point the fingers down until you feel a stretch. Use the other hand to gently pull the raised hand toward the body. Hold this position for 3–5 seconds.
- Point the fingers toward the ceiling until you feel a stretch. Use the other hand to gently pull the raised hand toward the body. Hold this position for 3–5 seconds.
- Repeat this three times.
Feet Lift and Ankle Rotation
- Lift your heels, keep them up for a few seconds and put them down.
- Lift your foot and rotate the ankle three times in each direction.
Repeat 3 times on each foot.