As an artist with the desire to work comfortably for an extended amount of time, it is crucial to make sure you take the proper steps to protect your hands and wrists. Without them, you’re out of business!
The most important thing to look at when preventing fatigue is the forceps you choose. Opening and closing your forceps is a repeated motion that can cause carpal tunnel and can also cause general soreness and fatigue to the hands and muscles of the wrist. Sometimes, we cut costs on buying expensive forceps, but a pair is crucial not only to your own sanity, as poor quality forceps sometimes do not align properly and make for shoddy pick up, but, more importantly, if the amount of pressure needed to close the forceps is too much, that is where fatigue will set in in only a matter of hours.
We recommend Dumont forceps for their precision tips and easy, loose grip. The tips of the forceps are set a little less than a half-inch apart on the slant and about eight mm apart on the straight. They take very little effort to close and their forceps do not cause any strain in the hand. Many other brands have had forceps designed for them that are also designed well and have different angles to improve your volume fan pic up. Some others we have tested and loved are Sugar Lash and Irina Levinchuck’s rounded edge _______.
Other ways to prevent fatigue and possible carpal tunnel or tendonitis is to strengthen the hands and wrists with exercises.
Squishy stress balls or balloons filled with sand are a good way to relieve tension and strengthen the palm and hands. While watching television or relaxing, simply squeeze the ball and manipulate it with your fingers for five minutes at a time, alternating hands. This crazy puddy seems to have endless benefits and strengthening abilities, and it comes in a ton of fun colors and even hyper color! http://blog.codinghorror.com/programming-your-hand...
This is a great exercise hobby and could be a source of adventure and fun for you and your friends or loved ones. You should start by taking a class at a rock climbing facility (many independent indoor facilities exist in cities or in YMCAs or gyms). Rock climbing will allow you to develop incredible strength in your hands and fingers and will increase your stamina for lashing drastically!
http://www.eatonhand.com/hw/ctexercise.htm These exercises have been developed and tested by Dr. Housang Seradge at the University of Oklahoma Orthopaedic & Reconstructive Research Foundation (http://ortho-ok.com/orrf/ORRF_CARPAL_TUNNEL_PREVENTION.htm). Studies there indicate that two out of three patients with mild-to-moderate carpal tunnel symptoms were able to avoid surgery by using these exercises—twice the success rate of other nonsurgical treatments.
Extend and stretch both wrists and fingers acutely as if they are in a hand-stand position. Hold for a count of 5.
Straighten both wrists and relax fingers.
Make a tight fist with both hands.
Then bend both wrists down while keeping the fist. Hold for a count of 5.
Straighten both wrists and relax fingers, for a count of 5.
The exercise should be repeated 10 times.
Then let your arms hang loosely at the side and shake them for a few seconds.
Sometimes, technique can be a contributing factor. If you’re new to lashes, you may find yourself gripping your forceps tightly when concentrating, or bearing down with your isolating hand when you are looking away to select your lash. Be aware, also to try not to hover your hands above the client while working. Use the client’s forehead to rest your hands and brace your wrists; they will find the weight comforting! If you would like to place a tissue on the client’s forehead while working, this will prevent client perspiration or your skin oils from affecting each other’s comfort.