This hairdresser reveals the injuries caused by her job
I never would have thought being a hairdresser could be a dangerous job. But especially in the 21st century, posture is everything, and the weird posture required to cut hair has long-lasting effects on a person's back. Hitesh Patel, a UK hairdresser, revealed the condition of her back on Facebook, and the effects certainly look rough.
I have much more respect for my neighborhood hairdressers after seeing this. Michael Mulholland, an osteopath, said:
"It is quite common with anyone working where there is a repetitive posture such as hairdressers, dentists and anyone working with machine or equipment...The static load posture creates some imbalance in the muscles...And we get a resulting postural strain and often resulting discomfort that if unattended can be quite painful and even restrict mobility."
Patel herself had this to say:
"Because you're spending hours standing on your feet rotated forward, whilst holding brush in one hand and a hairdryer in the other angle over your clients head for hours and hours."
"Your muscles develop and stop holding your skeletal system in an unnatural off central position. So then when you finally do you put down your crimping equipment. And try and sit down and a natural neutral position it just doesn't work."
"To reset your muscles we need to gua sha all the scar tissue and then pin and stretch your muscles and then re-align your spine so when you do you do your yoga exercises it has a greater affect. Next time you look at your hairdresser and think they have an easy life, think of these pictures and see how much they sacrifice their own health just so your hair can look good!"
Ouch. Posture is way more important than I ever thought. Office workers have to worry about being too sedentary, but this is in an entirely separate league. Those deep red marks look extremely painful, especially when you lay down to go to sleep. This stuff hurts, bad.
As it turns out, hairdresser is a high-muscle-fatigue job. It's way more difficult to maintain the hair-cutting posture than anyone could know from outside the job.
A fellow hairdresser commented: "So true love this, trying to find a comfortable position doing snatches at the gym is hard when you have spent 20 years leaning over clients. It's an alien position!"
Another said: "Another reason I’ve had to finished work early!! I could not tolerate leaning over a backwash and longer with a big, heavy lump on my front!!!"
What do you think? Do you have more respect for your hairdresser? Someone should start a union to provide back massages for these people. Ah, I've got it, unite the professions. Hairdressers give free cuts to masseuses, and in exchange, they get muscle massages designed to prevent and relieve pain.
Why not? Scratch each others' backs, two birds with one stone, and all that. Bring back the barter economy - a cut and a shave in exchange for a massage. But maybe the masseuses also need massages? Who massages the masseuses?