It sounds far-fetched at first that a woman’s stroke was caused by a visit to her beauty parlor, but today’s headline is not the first of the supposedly rare event.
A woman in California is suing her beauty parlor after suffering a stroke shortly following a visit which included the standard shampoo.
It can happen when you tilt your head backward in a shampoo chair. If the neck is hyper-extended, a vertebra can slice an artery, leading to a blood clot that can eventually cause a stroke.
Rare? There are two separate medical conditions linked to salon sinks
It’s considered rare that a stroke would be caused by a beauty parlor visit, but a stroke is not the only medical condition that can result from a standard salon shampoo. Injuries to the cervical spine are not so rare either.
Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome and Salon Sink Radiculopathy are the medical conditions linked with symptoms that arise after being positioned with the neck craning backward at a salon sink.
In 1999, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School published the following:
This posture causes neck extension and is combined with rotation and side-bending as the patient’s head is being manipulated during the shampooing. When the stylist then also applies a mild compressive force while shampooing the patient’s hair, hyperextension of the neck is produced.
We present two patients with cervical radiculopathy that was significantly exacerbated after the patient’s hair had been shampooed in a salon sink; subsequently, these patients required oral administration of steroids.
These cases illustrate that patients with suspected or known cervical radiculopathy should be forewarned to avoid this otherwise seemingly innocuous activity.
Massage or stroke?
From a body worker’s perspective, it’s a horrible position for a neck to be in and it’s uncomfortable. One client told me that she simply foregoes the shampoo during her salon visits because it’s too hard on her neck. My knee-jerk reply was, “But, getting a salon shampoo is a head massage!”
As a massage therapist, I’ve recommended to people for years to go to a salon just for the shampoo/head massage, or to ask the stylist to shampoo longer and make it worth their while in their tip. I’m not going to be so quick to make that recommendation any more.
A person with neck problems might be having episodes of exacerbation and not realize they are linked to salon visits.
Consider yourself warned
It seems like a fairly easy situation to remedy: ask your stylist about ways to avoid this ‘seemingly innocuous,’ but clearly risky activity.
The AOL report concludes:
Some salons have reclining chairs or adjustable sinks to help take the strain off of a customer’s neck. Many doctors recommend that older people with arthritis don’t have their hair washed like this. Everyone else should avoid learning back more than 15 to 20 degrees or just have their hair washed face-down.
This video shows an invention to help remedy the neck strain at the salon sink. Sitting forward seems like a better solution, but some of us won’t like sitting forward so this is a good option.
The reason we don’t want to sit forward
This reason applies more to women than to men. There are undoubtedly salons that have considered this or have even tried it, but it likely failed.
Women don’t like to sit with their legs open. Most scenarios of a salon sink reversal are going to require that in order for the person to sit forward at the salon sink, they’re going to have to spread their legs; women don’t like to spread their legs in public.
It seems worth it to avoid a stroke or neck problems; keep that in mind, ladies.
Beauty parlors gearing up in Klamath for Klamath County pageants
Tickets are on sale now for the Annual Spring Pageants: Miss Klamath County and Miss City of Sunshine Scholarship Pageant on April 9th, and then on April 10th, Miss Southern Gem and Miss Southern Jewel Regional Pageant.
These young women work so hard and put their hearts into these pageants. Get your tickets now and make an appointment early with your salon – remember, sit forward at the sink!
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