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Maintaining good posture as a barber

Maintaining good posture as a barber is crucial for your overall health and well-being. Our resident health guru Doc Rob Dunsdon BA, BSc, MMCA and Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine is on hand to guide you with some tips to help you maintain proper posture while working:

1. Stand tall: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your spine straight. Avoid slouching or hunching over. Imagine a string pulling you up from the top of your head, elongating your spine.

2. Align your body: Keep your head aligned with your spine, avoiding excessive tilting or bending. Your shoulders should be relaxed and level, not rounded or elevated. Align your hips and pelvis with your spine.

3. Use a supportive mat: Standing for long periods can put strain on your feet, legs, and back. Invest in a supportive anti-fatigue mat to provide cushioning and reduce the impact on your joints.

4. Adjust your work height: Ensure that your workstation is set up at a height that allows you to maintain proper posture. Your cutting surface should be at a comfortable height, allowing your elbows to be at a 90-degree angle when working.

5. Take breaks and stretch: Take short breaks throughout the day to stretch and relieve tension in your muscles. Stretch your neck, shoulders, back, and legs to promote flexibility and reduce stiffness.

6. Strengthen your core: A strong core can help support your spine and maintain good posture. Incorporate exercises that target your abdominal and back muscles into your fitness routine.

7. Use ergonomic tools: Invest in ergonomic tools and equipment that are designed to reduce strain on your body. Look for scissors, clippers, and brushes with ergonomic handles that provide a comfortable grip.

8. Practice body awareness: Be mindful of your posture throughout the day. Regularly check in with your body to ensure you are maintaining proper alignment. Correct any slouching or poor posture habits as soon as you notice them.

9. Seek professional help if needed: If you experience persistent pain or discomfort, consider consulting a healthcare professional or a physical therapist. They can provide guidance on posture correction exercises and techniques specific to your needs.

Remember, maintaining good posture is a habit that requires conscious effort and practice. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can promote better posture, reduce the risk of musculoskeletal issues, and enhance your overall well-being as a barber.


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