Hitesh Patel is an alternative medicine practitioner based in Leicester, England.

He recently shared images on his Facebook page that illustrate how important it is to keep up with self-care. Under a shocking picture of a woman’s bruised back, Patel described the effects a physically challenging job can have on the body.

In this particular case, the picture depicts a hairdresser:

Patel wrote:

The joys of being a hairdresser!

Because she 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.

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.

He added:

Next time you look at your hairdresser and think they have an easy life, think of these pictures and see how much they sacrifice their own health just so your hair can look good!

Osteopath Michael Mulholland told Mamamia that:

“It is quite common with anyone working where there is a repetitive posture such as hairdressers, dentists and anyone working with machine or equipment. 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.”

Patel performs gua sha — a “natural alternative therapy” designed to improve circulation — on his clients in order to reset the muscles. Patel explained that the therapy “breaks down any scarring or adhesion” formed in the muscles, preventing any further damage.

After the seemingly shocking photos were met with disbelief, Patel wrote a follow-up post clarifying that the glaring red marks are from “tightness or stagnation in her muscles.” It turns out that every job will cause this stress in one way or another.

However, taking care of yourself, whether that be with stretches, alternative therapy, or regular massages, will help working individuals continue on with their careers comfortably. Patel wrote:

Hairdressers and personal trainers worked so hard to get you looking your best but it comes at a price of their own well-being. But luckily these guys are looking after themselves on a regular basis and preventing serious pain and damage.

Patel ended that Facebook post with a thought-provoking question: “Question is what are you doing to look after yourself?”

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