Stylists have a physical job.
In order to get your hair to look like perfection they are gripping brushes, tugging on long locks, colouring , cutting and blow drying.
While they are standing, they accumulate repetitive strain in the neck, shoulders and wrists.
Here is a perfect warm up that stylists can do easily at their work station to prep for a day of clients.
Not a stylist?
Do this before you go to work or if you are prepping backstage. Whatever the context, you can do this too!
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The Pilates Half Roll Back with a flexband helps to promote the opening of the Lumbar Spine in flexion and the activation of core musculature.
Chronic back pain is often caused by posture that is the result of weak abdominal strength which leads to an anterior tilted pelvis and arched low back.
If you sit most of the day, have tight hip flexors or just had a baby, this exercise below is very helpful to counter this postural effect.
Turn up the sound and try it out. Comment below and tell me what you think!
Realign. Strengthen. Live your Life.
It seems most people will buy a laptop over a desktop these days because of the portability that it offers, but don’t forget that laptops are designed for just that. The problem with laptops are that they are not ergonomically designed for long session use.
If you spend hours on your laptop, remember that to avoid repetitive strain, you need to apply the ergonomics that apply to a desktop computer.
- The centre of the monitor should be at eye level when your head is facing forward in a neutral position.
- The keyboard should be close to your body and not elevated so that you are forced to shrug your shoulders to type.
Mousing (although it also has its inherent problems) is better than using the pad on the laptop over time because you can position it in a location that relaxes your shoulder and wrist.
If you use a laptop in the corporate world, companies should provide a “docking station” to create a more ergonomic working environment. If you work from home, using the laptop on your lap, desk, kitchen table or bed are detrimental to your posture. Over time, your body can develop the following symptoms:
- neck pain
- upper trap, shoulder and mid back pain
- chronic tension headaches/migraines
- wrist pain or carpal tunnel issues
- TMJ or jaw grinding
- low back painHere is an example of a docking system featured on Etsy.com. (Ergonomic Laptop Risers by Perfect45Degree on Etsy, $95.00)
As you can see from the photo above, the laptop user requires another keyboard for long-term use. You can purchase a wireless keyboard or attach another keyboard via USB. It’s quite simple. You can do the same with mouse. It also has a wireless option.
Follow these tips, and you don’t have to suffer with laptop imposed injuries.