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babygurl5784
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I have carpal tunnel!!!!!
Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2006 3:40:56 PM
ok im freaking out. im a hairstylist and ive been doing hair for 5 years. im 22 so i have a long way to go in my carrer. i just found out i have carpal tunnel from an injury years ago...my hand goes numb all the time when i do hair and i always have pain from it... is my career over?????? i love what i do. i cant see myself outside of the hair business. what sucks the most is i have a little boy now and my schedule at the salon im at is extremely flexible. i only work weekends and i make really good money in an upscale salon...do i have to stop doing hair?? is there something else that i can get into??im lost and extremely upset with this news...i need advice!!!

mcoupland
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Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2006 9:02:15 AM
You need to find a good nerologist. Numb ness is a sign of nerve damage.

Michelle

Don't sweat the small stuff.   



babygurl5784
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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2006 7:18:24 AM
im waiting to get in with one now...you dont think it serious???

mcoupland
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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2006 9:10:29 AM
Only a dr can tell you that. Plus each person has a diffrent level of pain they can handle.

wait for the dr to see it and give you an answer.

Michelle

Don't sweat the small stuff.   



hues4you
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calm down-
Posted: Monday, February 13, 2006 6:24:30 PM

The carpel tunnell is a space in b/w your wrists.  Sometimes this is misdiagnosed.  You are freaking out just like I did when my thumb went numb - and I thought it was all my fingers also.  Try and narrow it down.  I went to a hand specialist in my area (orthopedist) who was very well known, he pressed hard on the carpell tunnel and said "you do not have carpel tunnell", you would be jumping off this table if I did that.  We need to send you to a nerve specialist and do an EMG to find out where this is coming from.  EMG is where they usually needles and shock the nerves to see how they are reacting.  They also shock the muscles and record movement.  He placed on right in my carpel tunnel and looked at me and said this is NOT carpel tunnel.  Turned out it was not from my arm at all.  He went all the way up to my neck.  I had sensations running down the arm - kinda like electric impulses if you will - that had the numb thumb.  He ordered an MRI.  Called me in.  Said just what I thought.  You have a rupture at C-5, C-6 neck.  I chose a epidural nerve block and it has been successfull over 3 years.  This is not uncommon in our business.........I have known many people to have this problem.  I agree with Michelle - numbness is a sign of nerve damage.  Please do not let anyone operate on you unless it is of necessity and you are 100% sure and other options do not work.

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CopaGirl
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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2006 10:32:44 PM
I had carpal tunnel when I was pregnant! I didn't even know it was a symptom. I had to wear those braces on both hands and the minute I gave birth, it was gone. Immediately! Weird. babygurl- you're not pregnant again, are you?

babygurl5784
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:00:58 AM
no im not pregnant again.... heres the thing. I fell 2 and 1/2 years ago on this wrist. at the time my doctor told me i had tendonitis. and that i should look into following another career path. i obviously didnt listen to him...the pain continued when i do hair, but i cut back my hours to only weekends and i thought id be alright. the last time i seen the dr. he told me there was nothing more i can do because theres nothing to fix tendonitis. so because he said that i just never went back even though it continued.  i had my son in august and went back to work in october. since december my fingers started going numb only when i do hair and at night when i would sleep.not my pinky though just the other four. because of the numbing i went back to him and now he said i have carpal tunnel...and that i should have stopped doing hair. im waiting to get in with a neurologist....im just concerned that if i keep doing hair its going to get worse. by the way this is all under workmans comp. because i got hurt at work.

mina2
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 12:17:10 PM
Did you have any nerve testing done?  Any MRI's?  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cannot be confirmed without actual testing- to make sure that is actually what you have.  There are certain excersises- strecthing, shaking your hands etc that you can do that will reduce and/or eliminate pain.  Also wear a splint to keep your wrist straight.  Get a pair of shears that has a swivel thumb- buy a light weight dryer, and if you are booked and can afford one, hire an assistant.  That is, if you decide to continue to do hair.

babygurl5784
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 2:28:01 PM
yea im waiting to ge in with a neurologist. i did all those things before...bought new blowdryer and scissors...to prevent it getting worse...oh well. im going to wait until i see the neurologist before i do anything...thanks

Sophiea
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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 3:07:04 PM

Hi Guy's, good advice...I have had tendonitis for about 18 years and had to find way's to deal with it.  My hand and wrist would ache...especially when it got cold...the fingers would be tender on and off and my ring finger and pinky wound go numb sometimes.  My Doctor said the same thing..."It's you job."

Well I wasn't going to quit...I cut back too, saw the Chiropractor sometimes a lot sometimes only once a month.  I saw a Network Chiropractor for awhile....that really helped...then Massage...a lot of massage with a very good Massage theripist...My Sis is seeing him right now for the same thing.  

It would get better and worse...just depending on how diligent I was with keeping up the physical therapy type things my massage theripist would have me do at home...and I kept up with the massage.   

But hand's down...if you'll forgive the pun...the best thing that I did was getting "Rolfed"  I can't say enough about how it's helped me.  Well after 23 years I only work behind the chair about 25 hours a week..I get my yearly Rolfing update and I practice Yoga every other day.  Yoga has been wonderfuf too. 

I have spent many dollars, but it has been worth it.  I got to continue styling hair and feel good doing it.  You just have to use your intuition and find what will work best for you, if it turns out to be tendonitis that is.   Let me know if you need more info on the Rolfing thing.  I hope you figure it out.  Sophiea


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russnyc
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carpal tunnel
Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2006 12:53:40 PM
Hi,

This could be because you are not paying attention to your work habits and/or the way you are standing/working. I had numbness but eventually it went away and I will explain how.

First, always make sure you are standing properly, with feet firmly on the ground and your center of gravity is centered just below your abdomen (like your usual standing pose) Take the time throughout the day to check your posture, shoulders up, back straight. Keep one foot in front of the other if possible when you are shampooing, or doing a heavy blowdry job.

Hire an assistant to do all the shampoos or change jobs to a salon that has assistants if you can. Do some situps in the morning, this will take over 40% of the pressure off your back because your abs hold you up better when they are toned.

Second, warm and flex your hands, wrists and knuckles, especially if you are coming from outside and it is cold weather. Sort of like a yoga for your fingers, give them about a 10 minute workout of stretching, using the full range of motion, but not forcing.

When you are cutting, ALTERNATE between inside your palm, and outside your fingers (above your knuckles, about 50/50 percent. Do not bend your wrist at unnatural levels to achive a straight line, find another angle to do it, or raise/lower the chair, make the client stand up or tilt her head a bit if need be. Hold the comb GINGERLY, with very little pressure, almost as if you were holding a feather. It is OK to drop the comb! Just get another one!

Do the same when you you are holding a brush and blowdryer, ALTERNATE holding the dryer from the handle AND the nozzle, this will minimalize repetitive stress, or 'clawhand" from holding the dryer handle for long hours.

Make sure you are bending your elbows at 90 degree angles about 90 percent of the time, do not hold your arms out straight from your body!

Fiind a way to do your work where your palms are facing UP about 50 percent of the time and DOWN the other 50 percent, or alternating them. This is difficult to explain, but there are ways to "cup" the brush, holding the handle palm up in your hand, or flipping it pointing down, (like holding the lever on a slot machine) so that YOU ARE NOT consistently holding it the SAME WAY.

Carpal tunnel is scarring cause by microtears in the tissue. While it is normal for your body to repair torn muscle, the scarring builds up because it is the SAME EXACT POINT on the muscle that is being torn, OVER AND OVER AGAIN. The solution is to build the muscle ALL AROUND the area of your wrists to properly accomodate your work. The only way to do this is to alter your FORM, no different than bodybuilders do to build more muscle.


Make sure your drink water all day long (this flushes toxins in your muscles), and get at least one full day of rest for your lovely hands once a week!

babygurl5784
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Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2006 4:27:58 PM
my hand gets plent of rest . I only work on the weekends. And I got the carpal tunnel from an injusy and doing hair is just making it worse.

Sophiea
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Posted: Monday, May 22, 2006 6:09:19 AM

Really Good Post russnyc!


Cheer's, Sophiea

strong fighter
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how many of you suffer?
Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2006 7:26:59 PM
The industry is doing everything possible to stifle knowledge about disease among hairdressers.

hues4you
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russnyc
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Work Environment
Posted: Saturday, June 03, 2006 4:20:42 AM
Hi, everyone form a construction worker to an office worker and hairdresser has potential hazards in their work environment.

Your work environment is governed by laws such as OSHA regulations that protect you from hazards. (Example; I can't wear open-toe sandals to work to protect my feet, and my boss needs to provide gloves to apply haircolor) You can look through the forum, some of the laws are different state to state, but many are federal regulations that every business needs to follow.

The solution is to be well informed about things, not just to sue after you have been hurt. Legal action takes a lot longer than you might think, and isn't a quick way to get rich...

Some tips;
Find 30 minutes in the morning to stretch your body

Keep your area well organized and use materials that can be washed and sanitized easily. Keep equipment that you don't use as often separate from things you use every day.

Wear comfortable, unrestrictive clothing

Make sure you have proper ventilation

Wash your hands before and after handling clients

Drink plenty of water and stretch your muscles throuout the day.

Injuries happen. The goal is to minimize them, and keep productive. Your boss should be informed of any situation that might put you in danger, because if you are injured, you aren't making money for them!

Having a positive attitude is important when dealing with problems because it will get things done a lot better than accusations or hostility.