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Is it normal that I'm in pain after doing a couple clients' nails?

July 24, 2017

I just recently started doing nails and I had two clients back-to-back. My hands were so tired after filing and I even started getting cramps, back pain, and shoulder pain. Is this normal? Will I get accustomed to my job after a while so I’m not in pain? 

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It is not normal to have pain after a couple of clients in the salon! Make sure you are using good ergonomics. Try not to hunch over the table, grip the client’s fingers too hard, or tuck your feet under your chair. The way you sit while doing nails is important for the longevity of your career, so research correct posture as well as carpal tunnel prevention exercises. For a downloadable handout on perfect posture for nail techs, visit www.nailsmag.com/sittingpretty.

—Holly Schippers, The Fingernail Fixer (www.nailsmag.com/fingernailfixer).

Editor’s note: Check out the Facebook page Confessions of a Nail Tech for more great nail tech questions like this one.

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