5 tips for hairdressers: Managing pain and improving posture.

Hairdressing can be high risk when it comes to injury. We care for many in this profession and understand that the physical toll can be significant.

Standing and working with tense shoulders and raised arms for long periods can be exhausting. The awkward postures and the mechanical stress placed on your joints can be troublesome. Your muscles must stay “switched on” for long periods. Like a car that runs out of petrol, your muscles run out of energy.

Additionally, repetitive hand motions and limited breaks can be really hard on the body. Hairdressers often experience neck, shoulder, wrist, hand, and back pain.

Fortunately there are ways to reduce your risk, help improve your posture and ease discomfort.
Here are five suggestions:

1. Use quality adjustable stools.

An adjustable stool allows you to adapt the client’s seat height so you’re not bent over at an awkward angle. Choosing suitable height levels can help you reduce strain from your shoulders, neck, and arms.

2. Rest and stretch often.

While it might be tempting to keep working and see more clients, your body must rest. Allow your shoulders to relax, and let your arms hang freely. Give them a shake to release tension. Stretch your back, neck, and shoulders. Bend slowly from side to side, and hold each stretch. Curve forwards and backwards. Roll your shoulders in gradual, comfortable circles. Consider consulting your chiropractor for more tailored stretches.

3. Use an anti-fatigue mat.

These mats may help to delay or decrease discomfort and fatigue in your legs. Anti-fatigue mats are designed to support you while you stand, distribute pressure through your feet and improve your balance.

4. Choose high-quality ergonomic tools. 

Well-crafted scissors reduce strain on your wrists and hands during prolonged use. Lightweight tools and brushes with comfortable handles add to ease of use. Investing in top-notch tools not only enhances your work, but is also a simple way to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal problems and chronic or recurring pain.

5. Prioritise your joint health. 

Being a hairdresser places continual stress on your joints, so it’s even more important to maintain joint health to prevent injury and pain.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you!

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5 tips for hairdressers: Managing pain and improving posture.
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