The debate over whether being a mom is the toughest job around may finally be put to rest. A new study conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Wahl Clipper Corporation, the inventor of the electric massager, reveals moms bear more pain than the general population—at least when it comes to the areas of back, neck and shoulders. The study, which looks at everyday aches and pain in America, supports new massage therapy tools from Wahl to help moms get the relief they need. 

“As a mom, it’s easy to just accept that pain is part of the job,” said Jenny McLaughlin, product manager for Wahl’s massager division. “As a leader in pain management, we’re committed to developing new and better tools that can help those in pain, including moms, manage it more effectively, from the comfort of their own homes.”   

In February 2013, a representative sample of more than 2,000 men and women nationwide – 300 of who were moms with children under 18—were asked to share their pain, as in where it hurts, how often and how they deal with it. In total, 84 percent of moms surveyed reported experiencing muscle or joint pain within the past 12 months. Seven out of 10 had pain in three or more places. As to where moms hurt the most:

  • ·         80 percent experience lower back pain
  • ·         76 percent experience shoulder/neck pain
  • ·         70 percent experience upper back pain
  • ·         65 percent experience joint pain 

The majority of moms not only experience pain, but they’re 10 percent more likely than others to have it in their upper back and about 3 percent more likely to have it in their lower back, neck and shoulders. Furthermore, moms are nearly 25 percent more likely to experience this pain at least once a week, which may account for why moms are also more willing to do something to treat their pain. Top choices for pain treatment among moms include pain medication at 70 percent, hot/cold treatments at 43 percent and massage therapy at 27 percent. 

Motherhood Is Indeed A 'Pain In The Neck'As a leader in pain management, Wahl is no stranger to gauging moms’ pain. In 2012, the company examined potential pain-related factors through a nationwide survey among more than 1,000 moms with children under 18. Conducted by Opinion Research Corporation, the survey revealed that the physical demands moms endure makes it a full time job. In fact, the average mom spends just under 40 hours per week transporting her children, carrying them around, cooking, cleaning and running household errands. In addition, 72 percent of moms work or volunteer in or outside of the home. 

Getting Pain Relief in Hand

Wahl is adding to its growing line of pain management tools to help those in pain get the relief they need. The new Hot/Cold Massage Gel Pack and Hot/Cold Therapeutic Massager combine two common pain treatment methods for a more comprehensive approach to managing everyday aches and pains. The latest additions complement Wahl’s growing line of therapeutic massagers while the combination of temperature therapy and massage is creating a new category of pain management. 

About Wahl 

Wahl Clipper Corporation is an international leader in the manufacturing of products for the professional beauty and barber salon trade, consumer personal care and animal grooming.  Headquartered in Sterling, Ill., Wahl employs some 2,000 people worldwide and serves 165 countries. For more about Wahl, please visit 

About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods and serves clients in more than 215 countries and territories. For more information, visit

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