Back Health for the Professional Groomer

 

Maintaining good back health is a vital, yet often challenging task for the professional groomer. Many groomers are self-employed and work alone, which can lead to bad lifting habits, and many simply do not consider back health until it becomes an issue. A bad back can however lead to loss of income and even customers if prolonged or severe, so it is of high importance to consider your back throughout your working day.

Here are our tips for maintaining back health:

Preventative Measures

  • Keep your grooming table adjusted to the correct height for each individual dog
  • Vary tasks throughout the day instead of being too repetitive
  • Limit your clients if you work alone to smaller dogs you can lift safely
  • Consider hiring an assistant one day a week to help you, then schedule larger dogs for that day only
  • Use a ramp or stairs with medium and large dogs, or invest in height adjustable equipment – electric is the most convenient, but it is also the most expensive
  • Consider grooming very large dogs on the floor – this is better for you and your equipment, and larger dogs often feel more secure if groomed on the floor
  • Consider investing in a back support

Tips for when Lifting is the Only Option

  • Give yourself plenty of space
  • When lifting, bend your knees, keeping your back straight at all times
  • Lift close to your body
  • Keep feet shoulder-width apart
  • Never bend and twist

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