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Hair Tool Shoulder Pain

Hair Tool Shoulder Pain

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Whether you're a hair consumer or a professional hair stylist, at some point, you may experience shoulder and neck pain.

Tight, achy shoulders and/or a stick neck could very well be defined as hair tool shoulder pain.

It's more common than most people realize.

Although hair stylists are more at risk for hair tool shoulder pain due to the constant lifting of scissors, brushes, {{asin=B000FS05VG,text=blow dryers}} and an assortment of irons, it can happen to anyone.

If you can't stop using hair tools for whatever reason, consider using some of the following shoulder pain remedies:

1.  Pop 400 mg of ibuprofen - Orthopedic surgeons who treat chronic shoulder and neck pain recommend taking a nonsterodial anti-inflammatory product, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin or similar) every six hours to help relive pain and target inflammation.

Always check with your primary care physician to make sure taking an anti-inflammatory product is okay for your current health condition.

2.  Apply Arnica cream or gel - Arnica montana has been used medicinally for centuries.Arnica is used in liniment and ointment preparations used for strains, sprains, and bruises.

Commercial {{asin=B00EEEFUZI,text=Arnica preparations}} are frequently used by professional athletes.

According to The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, "A few clinical trials suggest benefits of topical arnica for osteoarthritis; and for affecting significant reduction of bruising compared to placebo or low concentration vitamin K ointments.

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However, a small study reported that topical arnica actually increased pain 24 hours after calf exercises."

Arnica can also be taken as {{asin=B00020HTTS,text=homeopathic}} pellets.

3.  Apply ice packs - Place an ice pack over the sore area for 20 minutes. Repeat every few hours until you feel better.

If you prefer, you can alternate hot and cold applications instead of just using only ice. Alternate heat and ice for 15 minutes of each. Repeat every hour.

4. Rest the strained muscles - Give your strained shoulders and muscles a chance to recover. Avoid strenuous activity such as lifting a baby or child.  It's best to avoid playing sports which will stress the strained muscles for at least three to four days.

5.  Give hair a rest - Reduce the repetitive nature of blowing out and ironing hair by giving hair a rest with air drying and wet sets.

6.  Utilize bodywork - Therapeutic massage, rolfing and acupuncture can help to relieve stress. Yoga can also help to relieve stress.  Yoga, when practiced regularly, relaxes muscle tension and in the process, also strengthens the relaxed muscles.

Some of the best yoga poses to help relieve shoulder, neck and back tension include Balasan (Child's Pose), Bharadvajasana I (Seated Twist), Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Post) and Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Fold).

7.  Work with a physical therapist - A physical therapist and/or a movement therapist can often sport ways the body is reacting to repetitive movements.

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8.  Opt for ergonomics - Whenever possible select tools advertised as designed to be ergonomically created.

9.  Check your posture - Sometimes the way your hold your body and/or the hair tools may unnecessarily be stressing your neck and shoulder muscles.

Make sure you take a break in-between long hair tool styling sessions.

When you round brush, blow dry and then iron your hair on a consistent basis, take a short break between each segment of styling your hair to stretch your muscles.

If you normally stand when you blow dry or iron your hair, consider switching your position by sitting.

If you sit, you may wish to experiment with standing.

Summary - Hair Tool Shoulder Pain

Whether you're a professional hair stylist or a hair consumer, extensive use of hair tools can sometimes cause strained muscles resulting in hair tool shoulder pain. 

Consider some of the options listed above to help eliminate nagging pain.
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