LASH TECH EXPERIENCING BACK PAIN?
It’s enough to make a grown man weep, for a nun to use the lord’s name in vain and to make the most prim and proper of us to curse; back pain. Back pain is common issue many of us experience (no matter your profession). One we as lash techs may experience.
**Before we go on, I’m not a doctor yada yada disclaimer. This is not medical advice and will not be a substitute for that. These are just some good tips I’ve found useful to help with the back pain that can accompany long hours of lashing.**
CHAIR POSITION 🪑
First up, the chair height and position will make a huge difference to how your back feels at the end of the day. Make sure you have an adjustable chair as you should be at a height so your feet are flat on the floor (or on a footrest if they don’t touch the floor). Your basically want your clients head height at your boobs. This avoids unnecessary slouching over a set of lashes.
Here's how we recommend positioning yourself ⬇️
BED POSITION 🛌
The height of your client on the bed is another key factor. A lash pillow is perfect so the clients head is nice and close to you too! This one is also incredibly comfortable so your clients will enjoy your service so much more!
(Shelf available in an option of BLACK or WHITE)
Did you know that dehydration actually affects your spine? The spongy cushions located between the vertebrae (bones) of the spine (they are called discs) are filled with large amounts of water. All day long, as we are in an upright position, the water is slowly squeezed out of the discs, then, they rehydrate at night. This is also the reason why we are a bit taller in the morning.
A lack of hydration also increases pain sensitivity.
EAT WELL 🥬
We know you know this. A bad diet causes lots of unwanted stuff and you can add back pain to that list. High amounts of processed fat and sugar in the diet contribute to inflammation in the body. This can lead to breakdown of those spongey cushion discs in the spine.
LOOSEN UP 🙆🏼♀️
Strengthen your core & get stretching!
There is enough on this subject to fill many books, so we have dedicated another blog to this. Stay tuned for our Exercises Lash Techs Should Do Every Day Blog coming next week! 🙊
But in the meantime, Google will be your best friend to get started 💙
Get enough sleep.
Yeah, we all know this already. So let this one just be a reminder to do it if you are currently not getting enough zzzzs. I’ve heard a gazillion times how our bodies heal and regenerate when we sleep but did you know that lack of sleep can also affect how much pain a person can tolerate?
🔥 HOT & COLD THERAPY 🧊
Alternating heat and cold on an area can be used to get relief from pain.
The cold treatment decreases inflammation by decreasing blood flow. The heat treatment relaxes muscles from increased blood flow.
Ice packs are most beneficial when a person uses them directly after an injury, such as a strain. Applying an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) directly to the back can reduce inflammation. Do not to apply ice for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Then, a hot water bottle or heating pad is a great relief for achy back muscles after this. Google is a great resource for learning more on this and of course, follow the instructions on any equipment used.
Guess what? Deep Heat & Muscle Rubs now come unscented!
Great for some instant relief but not recommended for long term use.
For a more natural alternative, Arnica is a herbal remedy that people can apply directly to the skin to treat muscle pain and swelling. Arnica cream is also pretty easy to come by being commonly found in health food stores and pharmacies.
Getting the basics in on proper chair height, bed height, self-care and exercise will go a long way and hopefully getting relief from back pain will not be necessary. If you have any more tips to add, let us know!
To end off, here is a bad joke..
What do you call a spine doctor who practices in Egypt?