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Chairside Stretching in the Dental Operatory

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Prolonged, awkward postures are the greatest culprits for the demise of dentist’s musculoskeletal health1.  Sustained muscle contractions can cause painful muscle ischemia and the development of “tender spots”, or trigger points in muscles2.  Even in “perfect” seated posture, more than half of the muscles in your body are in a sustained contraction.  Read the full article…

Wrist Pain among Dental Professionals

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- In dentistry, two of the most commonly reported pain syndromes of the wrist occur in nearly the same area.  Easily confused, but of entirely different origin, deQuervain’s disease is a painful inflammation of the tendons in the thumb, whereas osteoarthritis (OA) of the thumb is a degenerative joint process. Both appear frequently Read the full article…

Are Your Dental Loupes Causing Pain?

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Imagine spending $1,500 on new loupes, and you suddenly begin to develop neck pain, or, your existing neck pain worsens. This is an all-too-common problem that I frequently encounter in my dental ergonomic consultations.   On the other hand, I have repeatedly seen well-designed ergonomic loupes improve or completely resolve neck pain.  So Read the full article…

Why Dentists & Hygienists Require Specific Exercise

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- In this excerpt from her exercise video, Dr. Valachi explains why dental professionals should target specific muscle groups with muscular endurance training and why certain generic exercise routines and gym machines (that are not a problem for the general public) can throw dental professional into the vicious pain cycle! Dr. Valachi created 3 routines with Read the full article…

5 Steps to Practicing Dentistry Pain-Free

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Pain is not a necessary by-product of dentistry.  You can reduce or eliminate your pain with targeted, evidence-based interventions! Unfortunately, most dental and hygiene schools do not teach evidence-based ergonomics and wellness strategies.  To make matters worse, the dental continuing education system is flooded with outdated, hand-me-down ergonomic education and inaccurate, sponsor-driven education Read the full article…

Is Your Dental Delivery System Delivering Pain?

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Manufacturers frequently tout the esthetic and productivity features of different delivery systems, however the way the system is used and adjusted can either benefit or worsen your health.  Here, I highlight the most common ergonomic challenges with delivery system and easy resolutions!  Rear-Delivery Systems Rear-delivery systems work best when true four-handed dentistry Read the full article…

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