This photo of the woman is actually a hairdresser who, like many other hairdressers, spends all day hunched over her clients’ heads.
Hairstylists can be in agony for hours if they’re having to meticulously apply a full head of highlights or have to spend hours cutting locks.
Recently, Hitesh Patel, a massage therapist from Leicester, shared this photo of one of his clients to show how much damage her job had done to her back.
‘The marks you see are not bruises – they’re marks which indicate stagnation which has occurred in the muscles and it’s called petechia,’ Hitesh tells Metro.co.uk.
‘It’s an indicator showing exactly what damage has been done.’
He explains that ‘because you’re spending hours standing on your feet rotated forward, whilst holding a brush in one hand and a hairdryer in the other angle over your clients head for hours and hours, your muscles develop and start holding your skeletal system in an unnatural off centre position’.
‘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.’
Basically, this kind of thing is common in any job that requires being in odd positions for a long time or working with equipment – from dentists to mechanics.
What can be done to rectify the situation?
‘To reset your muscles we need to gua sha (a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising) all the scar tissue, (work into) and stretch your muscles and then re-align your spine.’
‘If you can stretch every day – doing yoga or Pilates – that will definitely help, along with soaking in a hot bath with Epsom slats and getting a regular massage or bodywork treatment to keep yourself in tiptop condition,’ Hitesh goes on to tell us.
How to realign your spine
Spinal twists can help align your spine. All you’ve got to do is lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet planted on the floor. Draw the left knee in toward the chest, and then use your right hand to gently guide it toward the right side.
The problem is that when you spend hours crunched over in unnatural positions, the muscles can become tight and doing these sorts of movements can be hard. So you’re looking to loosen up the back before you start twisting and realigning.
‘Next time you look at your hairdresser and think they have an easy life, think of these pictures and see how much they sacrifice their own health just so your hair can look good!’