Practicing dentistry often involves being in uncomfortable postures and performing repetitive hand motions for long periods of time. As a result, 40 to 60 percent of dental professionals suffer from work-related musculoskeletal issues.
Are you one of them?
A good, ergonomically designed operatory, along with daily stretching and exercise, can help dental practitioners and their staff enjoy long, healthy careers.
Here are a series of videos that explain and demonstrate some easy in office stretches to keep you and your staff healthy. Watch the videos below.
Ergonomics Tip 1: Neck Pain
Ergonomics Tip 2: Neck-Shoulder Stretches
Ergonomics Tip 3: Back Stretches
Ergonomics Tip 4: Back Pain
Ergonomics Tip 5: Arm Pain and Stretches
Ergonomics Tip 6: Hand Pain and Stretches
Ergonomics Tip 7: Leg and Foot Pain
Use the printable graphics on posture break exercises and quick stretches for dental staff to help you remember these exercises. Put one in every operatory to start your day out right.
For even more information on ergonomics in the dental office, take a look at “Ergonomics and Dental Practice: Preventing work-related musculoskeletal problems” in the ADA Professional Products Review (Vol. 9, Issue 4). In this article, the ADA Professional Product Review editor Dr. David Sarrett asks physical therapist Tim Caruso and professional ergonomist Tamara James about ways dentists and their team members can prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Read the full article.