This hairdresser’s disturbing photos reveal the heavy toll her job takes on her body

Anyone who has a job that requires them to be on their feet all day knows just how exhausting standing for hours can be. Professions like hair styling which require you to be hunched over while standing can take a particularly nasty toll on your body.

It’s not something we often think about when we go to the salon, but stylists are consistently leaned over meticulously applying highlights or giving us our desired cut. One hairdresser is going viral for sharing images that show just how detrimental her job has become to her body and they’re pretty horrifying.

Hitesh Patel, a massage therapist from Leicester, recently shared a photo of one of his clients to show just how damaging her profession has become to her body.

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It hurts just to look at.

According to Patel, the marks on this client’s back are not bruises. They’re signs of petechia, a stagnation that has occurred in her muscles.

Petechiae are formed when tiny blood vessels called capillaries break open. When these blood vessels break, blood leaks into your skin.

Patel 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,” he added.

This occurrence is common among many jobs that require crouching in odd positions for hours at a time.

Fortunately, there are a few practices to help prevent the severity of this condition.

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“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,” Patel says.

He also suggests regular stretching, “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.”

I will never take my hairdresser for granted again.

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