Going to hair salon to get your hair done should be relaxing, however, there is one reason why you should be worried, and it’s not the cost. You probably know the chair and the sink where the hairdresser puts your head to wash your hair, and it is very uncomfortable.
Sadly, you don’t have to worry about the discomfort, but about the fact that this position of your head can put you in a risk of getting a Beauty Parlor Stroke.
It is a stroke that is caused by damage to the blood vessels in your neck, as a result of the strain and jerky movements the salon’s shampoo sink creates.
One women experienced this kind of stroke. She noticed a sudden weakness in her left arm and left leg about a week after a tip to her hair salon.
As another week passed, she was rushed to the hospital with nausea, projectile vomiting, and a head that was hot to the touch.
The doctors confirmed that she had suffered a stroke.
What is a stroke?
Stroke is caused by a restricted oxygen in the brain. Blocked or damaged blood vessel leads to abnormal blood flow or even clotting. This reduced blood flow makes its way to the brain and kills brain cells. The physical consequences depend on which region of the brain was affected. For instance, if the left side of your brain is damaged, that leads to problems with speech and language or problems in the right side of the body. On the other hand, damage in the right side of the brain can lead to vision loss or problems in the left side of the body.
Number 5 most common cause of death in America is stroke, and number 1 most common cause of disability. According to the statistics, 60 % of women and 40 % of men are stroke victims. Still, 80% of strokes could have been prevented!
Symptoms of stroke:
- Impaired speech (may sound intoxicated)
- Loss of vision, double vision, or spinning vision
- One-sided weakness
- Drooping face
In the hair salon:
Make sure you go to salons where they have an adjustable chair and the hairdresser washes your hair in a sink that is comfortable for your height. Always rest the back of your neck on at least one folded towel (more is better) to minimize the strain.
The most common cause of stroke is blood pressure, so you need to manage it. Checking your blood pressure constantly can make one of the biggest differences of stroke prevention.
You need to consume healthy foods, because if your diet consists of foods that are too high in trans fat, cholesterol and sodium, you’re increasing your risk of stroke every day. In order to prevent stroke, eat whole foods with healthy fat contents, flavor your meals with salt alternatives, and watch your sugar intake.
Beside eating healthy, you need to be physically active as well. If you don’t exercise on a daily basis, you increase your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and high cholesterol.
If you find in a situation of having a stroke, or someone around you, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Your chances of survival and recovery are best if you respond fast.