Hello fellow groomers. I hope this post finds you all doing well. I have a request of you all . I am doing research concerning the long term effects of our profession on our bodies .
I would like to have participants remain annonymous but to tell details of injuries, long term illnesses, skin problems, possible links to chemicals we have used in the past to terminal illnesses such as cancer.
These are hard issues to divulge and talk about, but folks, we need to. I have been doing this for 26 yrs this November. I know full well each and every morning the toll it has taken on "My" body. This we need to address and make changes in.
I have noticed that a lot of us are overwieght too, and yes, I am including myself in that catagory!
I want to figure out why....
Why is this such a majority in our industry? Is it because you sit all day? I don't think so. Some groomers do because it's most comfortable, but it has it's setbacks too....Is it because we don't eat properly, yes...It leads to deficiency in ability to fend off illness. Just one of the many side effects of obesity. With all the other potential health hazards we already face, especially our industry veterans, the last thing we need to do is be out of physical shape .
I will be taking emails until November 15th. I am planning to put up the numbers and percentages up in the December Blog. I need as many participants as possible to make the numbers more accurate. I need participants from all regions of the world.
Please include in your email how long approximately you have been grooming. If you have been grooming for more than five years, Did you stand and bend over a folding table? Did you work with poor equipment? What concessions physically did you make to make those situations work? Hoist dogs into household tubs built up on frames? Maybe you still do. I'm sure many of us do. I know I have in the past. I hope to hear from all of my grooming friends all over the world ! I know this information will be of great use in molding how we perform our jobs , how long we perform our jobs, as well as adding years to our lives. Thank you for your participation. Happy Grooming! Kim