If you thought hairdressing was a glamorous or even ‘easy’ job, think again.
Aside from long hours, working weekends and the constant exposure to chemicals, standing in the awkward position of leaning over a client for eight hours a day doesn’t come without its health consequences.
The biggest one? Severe back pain and strained, off balance muscles.
"It is quite common with anyone working where there is a repetitive posture such as hairdressers, dentists and anyone working with machine or equipment," Osteopath Michael Mulholland told Mamamia.
"The static load posture creates some imbalance in the muscles and we get a resulting postural strain and often resulting discomfort that if unattended can be quite painful and even restrict mobility".
A picture is currently going viral on Facebook showcasing exactly that and it's already been shared almost 16,000 times.
Hitash Patel shared two images of a client who had undergone Gua Sha, a traditional Chinese treatment that Gwyneth Paltrow and Elle Macpherson are reportedly fans of, in order to reset her muscles.
"The joys of being a hairdresser! Because you're spending hours standing on your feet rotated forward, whilst holding brush in one hand and a hairdryer in the other angle over your clients head for hours and hours," Patel wrote.
"Your muscles develop and stop holding your skeletal system in an unnatural off central 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."
Gua Sha is used to treat muscle pain and decreased range of motion and involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged instrument to stimulate the microcirculation of the soft tissue which in turn increases blood flow.