This article provides information for tattoo artists, beauty therapists, hairdressers and barbers, so if that includes you, or someone you love, read on!

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As of December 2019 it is estimated that 14.7% (3.61) of Australians have at least one tattoo, a number that is ever increasing. It was also estimated that every month over ⅓ of Australians (8.2 million) visit their hairdresser or barber. One thing is for certain, that’s a lot of people! Aside from being extremely busy, these professions have a number of things in common including a high likelihood of experiencing pain and injury.

A study of 147 hairdressers conducted in 2011 found that 86% of its participants experienced some form of pain as a result of their work. The most common of these injuries were: back pain, neck pain, shoulder and wrist pain. A similar study conducted at a Tattoo festival in Ohio (USA) in 2014 found that 94% of tattoo artists experienced back pain whilst at work as well as around 80% experiencing neck pain and headaches.

It is not surprising that pain is common in these professions given the high volume of clients that might be seen during a day as well as the constant bending, leaning and looking down that is required.  These all put a lot of pressure on the upper back and the neck. In addition, repetition of fine and intricate movements are also required. This can impact hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and nerves.


Pakenham Osteopathy - Youstina Attalla 3Some injuries that are common in beauty, hairdressing and tattoo artistry are:

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Neck and back joint injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle strains 
  • Postural related complaints
  • Tennis/Golfer’s elbow
  • Nerve entrapment


  • Change positions frequently while you work
  • Take breaks more frequently
  • Try different chairs (tattoo artists) or rubber mats for standing (hairdressers)
  • Request client to move into a different position that is more comfortable for you (adjust their seat height)
  • Gentle stretching and mobility exercises between clients (see our Youtube channel for ideas)
  • Use the mirrors to keep aware of your posture 
  • Maintain a healthy diet and keep hydrated
  • Avoid twisting and straining through wrists
  • Spread weight evenly through both legs
  • Wear lace-up supportive, non-slip shoes (not heels)
  • Try supportive insoles if suffering foot pain
  • Stand/sit closer to the client (less bending)



Osteopaths have 5 years of University training under their belt where they learn to master the difficult task of assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing musculoskeletal injury.


An initial consultation with our osteopaths is 60 minutes long to ensure your story is heard. Every person’s pain is different, so our osteopaths take the time to understand your history and the circumstances surrounding your pain.  Our questioning is thorough, ensuring we can tailor an efficient assessment to pinpoint the cause of your pain and develop an individualised management plan based on your goals.


Pain is often the most common reason people seek osteopathic treatment.  Therefore, there’s no surprise that osteopaths continue to employ a hands on approach to help decrease pain and get you moving better.  There are a vast range of hands on techniques that an osteopath will use including:

  • Osteopathy BeaconsfieldSoft tissue massage & stretching
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Joint manipulation
  • Rigid and kinesio taping
  • Dry needling 
  • Shockwave therapy


Here at Pakenham Osteopathy, we strongly believe that your understanding of your condition or pain plays an important part in your recovery.  That is why we take the time to explain your pain and provide you with a written management plan outlining your diagnosis, why it has occurred, expected recovery time and anything else that is required to reach your goals.


For many people, postural pain can become a recurring annoyance and can affect more than just your work.  We believe in long term success and therefore adopt an holistic approach to your injury by not only treating your pain, but also addressing the root cause of your problem.  This will reduce the likelihood of pain returning in the future so that you can live a healthy and active life moving forward.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please check out our website (links below), or do not hesitate to contact the team at Pakenham Osteopathy ph 5941-4157.

  • For headaches/migraine information click here
  • For neck pain information click here
  • For back pain information click here
  • For postural pain information click here