Practice: Physical Therapy
Education: Old Dominion University
Ask Dr. Hampton
1) I am a fairly new hair stylist in a busy salon. I’ve noticed at the end of a long day sometimes my back may mildly ache. I’ve overheard one of the more seasoned hairstylists mention they see a chiropractor for their back aches. I do not want to end up needing a chiropractor in my future. Should I be concerned? From a wellness perspective could you share some tips on what I can do now to prevent long-term pain?
Many hair stylist spend the majority of their time at work standing. It is not uncommon for these individuals to develop low achy back pain. One of the main reasons this occurs is due to poor core/trunk strength and stability. Exercises such as crunches and posterior pelvic tilts will help in core stabilization. Also taking moments to sit and stretch throughout the day will decrease the intensity and frequency of low back pain.
*If low back pain appears to progressively get worse, consult a medical professional for an evaluation and treatment plan.
2) With confirmation that stress can be linked to hair loss, what is one of your top physical therapy practices you recommend to reduce stress?
Start Moving and Deep Breathing are two suggested ways to relieve stress.
All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain to release “feel-good chemicals.” You can go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs. These are easy to perform in most work settings.
Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and place your hand no your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. If you’re at home try this laying down with calming music (jazz, classical, or whatever sounds are soothing for you). I have done this with cancer patients and it has proven to be successful in decreasing the heart rate and lowering the blood pressure; in-turn allowing my patients to further relax.
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