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Understandably, nail techs are “…more likely than most to suffer from occasional or even chronic back pain as a result of sitting for extended periods of time.” As with the previous post on wrist health, there are a few things we can do to prevent and alleviate these issues.
- Take a few minutes several times a day to stretch your back. Here’s a simple thoracic spine stretch from Prevention.com. I love this one, or simply lying flat with knees bent… Or, even better, doing legs up the wall for a few minutes at the end of the day feels amazing!
- Incorporate some back strengthening exercises into your workout. Prevention.com recommends a few reps of raised kicks and swimmers. You can do these while you are watching TV in the evening and, with consistency, they will make a difference!
- As with the previous post about wrist pain, it’s important to use correct posture while working. One of the most helpful habits I’ve found is to keep the clients’ hand or foot close to you so that you don’t have to bend over and lean forward to work on them. To help with this, you can have tools thathold your client’s wrist or ankle elevated while you work, like the Wrist Assist, Pampered Perch or PediStil.
- Finally, a chiropractor and/or massage therapist can help you with body work that will relieve pain and help keep your back in good health. Seek out one in your area! If that’s not possible, you can try some body work on yourself each day. Roll your back out on a foam roller and graduate up to rolling a “peanut massager” around the spine.
Those are my best recommendations to keep back pain away. What do you think? Any personal experiences with back pain? Leave a comment below!