Viral photo shows how being a hairdresser wreaks havoc on your body.

Viral photo shows how being a hairdresser wreaks havoc on your body.
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Alternative medicine practitioner Hitesh Patel is going viral for showing the less than glamorous aspects of working at a beauty salon.

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It's harder than it looks, unless your hands double as the equpment.
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Standing up all day wielding heavy equipment, shifting weight and hovering over clients effects your body on a muscular level,making it even difficult to sit.

"Your muscles develop and stop holding your skeletal system in an unnatural off central position," Patel writes. "So then when you finally do you put down your crimping equipment. And try and sit down and a natural neutral position it just doesn't work."

Yowza.

Mamamia reached out to osteopath Michael Mulholland for details on how the job can literally wear you down.

"It is quite common with anyone working where there is a repetitive posture such as hairdressers, dentists and anyone working with machine or equipment," he explained.

"The static load posture creates some imbalance in the muscles and we get a resulting postural strain and often resulting discomfort that if unattended can be quite painful and even restrict mobility."

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A common treatment for the muscle pain is gua sha therapy, which as Patel explains, scrapes "all the scar tissue and then pin and stretch your muscles and then re-align your spine so when you do you do your yoga exercises it has a greater affect."

The post went super viral with over 17,000 shares, and Patel shared another peek at a hairdresser's treatment.

"Even when you're training hard to counterbalance the stagnant positions of being a hairdresser you still develop lots of pathogens and sticky bits in your muscles that prevent you from moving freely as you like," she explains.

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That's where the gua sha comes in: to break "down any scarring or adhesion which have formed in your muscles and helps prevent further injury."

Next time you're getting your hair done, know that it ain't so easy on your stylist.

And remind your hairdresser to stretch and look after their posture.

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