In the same way that hunching over a computer screen isn’t healthy for office workers, hunching over a table all day isn’t good for lash artists. Improper posture can lead to muscle stiffness and strains; back, neck and shoulder problems; joint pain; headaches; and even weight gain.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, poor posture is often seen in people who bend forward at the waist for prolonged periods of time in the workplace. If this doesn’t describe lash artists, it’s hard to say what does. People who bend over all day are more likely to experience back pain and injury due to the increased strain on muscles.
Luckily, posture is not difficult to correct, even for lash artists who need to bend over all day. It involves not only retraining your body and muscles to sit properly, but also adjusting the height of your chair and bed to reduce strain on muscles and joints.
How Should My Chair Be Positioned?
Your chair should be at a height that allows your feet to be flat on the floor. This is widely agreed upon as the safest position for protecting muscles and joints. This means that if you don’t already own an adjustable chair, it’s time to purchase one.
The American Chiropractic Association also recommends:
How Should the Client Bed Be Positioned?
Good posture is impossible if your bed is not the proper height. If the bed is too low, you’ll have to hunch over to reach the client. If it is too high, you’ll have to strain to reach the client. Either way, you’re putting unnecessary stress on your muscles and joints that can lead to permanent damage. The effects might not be noticeable at first, but they’ll show up over time. Many lash artists have complained of serious pain that affects their ability to work.
There’s no exact bed height that works for every lash artists because every body is different, but there are some general rules that will help guide you. Every lash artist should have an adjustable bed. They’re more expensive than stationary beds, but they’re an investment in your long-term health. Enlist a coworker to pose as a client so you can test the height and make adjustments. Generally, you should always be looking out and over, not up or down.
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