SEP 2018

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[ 68 ] • # dayspamagazine • september 2018 work fl ow by Linda Kossoff © GETTY IMAGES Watch Your Back Keep back pain from becoming an issue for spa staff . I t's the ultimate irony: While encouraging client wellness, spa workers may wind up suff ering their own painful—even debilitating—back problems. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time, and that it's a major reason employees miss work. According to a 2009 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health study, chronic low back pain was the most frequently reported musculoskeletal complaint resulting in doctor visits and job absenteeism among more than 100 cosmetologists, beauticians, estheticians and massage therapists. Further, a 2016 International Journal of Therapies and Rehabilitation Research study of massage therapists found it to be the most common disorder resulting from bending and sitting, as well as from working at least six hours a day, or more than eight years in the industry. Here, we delve deeper into what spa owners and staff can do to nip back pain in the bud. Around the Bend It isn't surprising that back problems are prevalent among spa pros, considering many often fi nd themselves crouching over clients, awkwardly reaching for equipment, or sitting for prolonged periods of time—three key contributors to musculoskeletal complaints in the aforementioned 2009 study. "Anyone who repeatedly performs the same movements and maintains the same postures on a regular basis will develop muscle 'imbalances,' or diff erences in strength and fl exibility between opposing muscle groups," says certifi ed fi tness trainer and rehabilitation specialist Jesse Cannone, cofounder of The Healthy Back Institute in Austin, Texas. "After a while, these imbalances cause painful postural dysfunctions." Bending over clients can be particularly problematic. "When leaning forward, the posture begins to rely on ligament tension rather than muscle tone, which prompts people to arch the lower

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