Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4 - (Page 59)

Work Smart Stretch for Injury Prevention BY KATHLEEN PAPI-BAKER, OTR, CHT, AND JESSICA KARGE, OTR, CHT eing a stylist requires not only imagination, concentration and artistic abilities, but physical demands such as dexterity and physical endurance. It is these physical demands that can put you, the stylist, at risk for developing repetitive strain disorders (RSIs), also known as cumulative trauma disorders. RSIs are defined as injuries to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained, awkward positions. This definition describes many of the types of tasks you find yourself doing on a daily basis—using the arms and hands repetitively throughout the day with scissors, hair dryers, clippers, shampooing and the list goes on. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent the occurrence of RSIs. Prevention begins with good posture and body mechanics. Building good posture from the ground up starts with comfortable, supportive shoes with a heel height that allows for equal distribution B of weight between the ball and the heel of the foot. There should be a slight bend in the knees, being careful not to hyperextend or lock the knees in extension. Your abdominal muscles should be engaged and your shoulder blades should be back and down. Think of putting your shoulder blades in your back pocket. Your chin should be slightly tucked and parallel to the floor. The client height should be positioned so that your shoulders are slightly lower than 90 degrees, preventing impingement at the shoulder. This sounds like a lot to remember. Try taking a photo of yourself using good posture and keep it at your station as a reminder to incorporate these principles every time you glance at it. In addition to postural awareness, there are some simple stretches that you can do before work, between clients, during breaks and after work to help prevent some of the common conditions stylists develop, such as thumb tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis or golfer’s elbow. Remember to do the stretches on both arms and hold for 20-30 seconds. In addition to postural awareness, there are some simple stretches that you can do before work, between clients, during breaks, and after work to help prevent some of the common conditions stylists can develop. Thumb Stretch: Start with your arm by your side, elbow bent and thumb facing the ceiling. Place your thumb in your palm and close your fingers around it. Now straighten your elbow in front of you, and gently bend the wrist down toward the floor until you feel a stretch along the thumb, or side of the wrist. Back off if you feel pain. This stretch helps prevent painful DeQuervain’s tendonitis. Wrist Stretch 1: Begin by making a light fist. Straighten your elbow with your arm in front of you and the palm facing down. Now use your other hand to gently bend the wrist down toward the floor until a stretch is felt. You may feel it on the top of your forearm close to your elbow or all the way down to your wrist. Stretching these muscles can reduce the risk of tennis elbow. B E AUT YL I NK | C A N Y O U H E A R M E N O W? | 2 0 1 3 | 59

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4

message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
the workings of washington
Rejuvenate Your Passion for Business
The AACS Affi nity Program
manlink
Mobilizing Your Business Is a Thing of Beauty
Open Door Leaders
and then there’s compliance
Motivating Your Students
Use Your Resources
step by step
Taking Out the Mystery
beauty changes lives
Beauty School Insurance
a student’s perspective
skin care council
aacs listserve q & a
Beyond 2014
Aphasia
voices from the classroom
Work Smart
superstar graduates
Celebrate the Power of Being an Educator
people & places
new products & services
associate member profiles: salons
new school members
upcoming 2013-14 events
In Memory
index to advertisers
advertisers.com

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