For many people, the only unpleasant part about going to the salon for having their hair done is the cost. For many, on the other hand, is the fact that the hairdresser usually cuts three inches of your hair when they are asked to cut one. For some people, it is the part when they wash and rinse your hair in the sink.
This sink has got a groove for the neck, but it is yet so uncomfortable. But, that is not the greatest problem with it. The much more serious problem about it is that you are put at a risk of getting a Beauty Parlor Stroke.
You probably wonder what that thing is. Well, it is a stroke that results of damage to the blood vessels in your neck, due to the strain and jerky movements the salon’s shampoo sink creates.
A woman has reported that she had once noticed a sudden weakness in her left arm and left leg nearly a week after she had been to the hair salon. The following week, the same woman was rushed to the hospital due to nausea, projectile vomiting, and a head very hot to the touch.
According to the doctors, she had suffered a stroke.
What is a stroke?
The stroke is an illness that results of restriction of the oxygen in the brain. Once a blood vessel is either damaged or blocked, it causes abnormal blood flow or even clotting. When the blood flow is being reduced, it finds its way to the brain and manages to kill brain cells. This leads to certain physical consequences which can be different, depending on the region of the brain that it has impacted. For instance, if the damage is done in the left side of the brain, the consequences will include problems with speech and language or problems in the right side of the body. If the right side of the brain is damaged, then the consequences include vision loss or problems in the left side of the body. According to statistics, stroke is being the number 5 most common cause of death in the United States, and the number one most common cause of disability. 40 percent of the people in the USA who have suffered a stroke are men, and 60 percent of them are women. The risk of stroke increases with age. Nevertheless, eighty percent of the cases of strokes could actually have been prevented.
Symptoms of stroke:
- Drooping face
- Impaired speech (the person may sound intoxicated)
- One-sided weakness
- Vision loss, double vision, or spinning vision
In the hair salon:
The most important thing you should do is to protect your neck. Before the hairdresser starts washing your hair, make sure that the sink suits your height and it is comfortable, or it includes an adjustable chair. Remember to rest the back of your neck on at least one folded towel, so that the strain is as minimized as possible.
Make sure your blood pressure is well regulated. When it comes to strokes, blood pressure is the greatest preventable factor. You should always keep your blood pressure in check, especially if it is high, as this can make one of the biggest differenced of stroke prevention.
Furthermore, make sure that your diet is balanced and healthy. In case you consume foods too high in cholesterol, trans fat, and sodium, you should know that you are significantly increasing your risk of stroke every day. This is why you should concentrate on consumption of whole foods with healthy fat content, use other alternatives to salt for flavoring the meals, and watch the consumption of sugar.
In addition, be active! If you want to save your health, you should not only watch what you put into your body, but you should also watch what you do with it. If you do not exercise, you increase your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and stroke.
In case that you or someone from your surroundings have started to experience the symptoms of stroke, ask for medical attention right away. The sooner you respond to the warning signs of stroke, the greater the chances that you will survive and recover.
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