Hair Professionals and Shoulder Pain

#24 of 31 blog posts in 31 days

I work in a Beauty Salon with two very talented Cosmetologists. Hair is the specialty for one, while the other specializes in nails. They are fantastically talented in their work. (And they are fabulous to work with!) It’s like a party every day 🙂

They are very hard-working women. They often work 12 hour days, sometimes longer with no real break to speak of. As a person who works in pain management, I can’t help but watch how they use their bodies while they work. Wow! Powerful arms and shoulders! With muscles tension and tight necks 🙁

The Hair Specialist splits her days by hunching over a shampoo bowl and then holding her arms up. Have you ever lifted your arms up to shoulder height and just held them there? Now do that while squeezing your hands and releasing. I just don’t know how she holds her arms up all day without them hurting! Mine start burning after 5 minutes.

Her upper body muscles are incredibly strong. And incredibly tense. Her shoulder and neck muscles have something called hypertonicity. Hyper means too much, so it basically means too much tone. They are hard and probably hurt sometimes. This is one example of repetitive motion. I can always tell if someone does hair for a living by the way their shoulders feel. Hard, tight, and strong.

Stretching, movement, and massage can help with the tight, sore muscles.

The Nail Specialist spends her entire day holding hands, gripping fingers, filing, polishing, and looking down. Oh, she looks down SO much! It is very common for her neck and shoulders to hurt. They are also tight, hard, and strong.

I like to give them little shoulder rubs throughout the day. I also encourage them to change their movements often. And I TRY to get them to take a break once in a while! 🙂

And I always recommend a massage to loosen and relax those super-strong, super-tight shoulder muscles!