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Solving Work Related Pain in Dentistry

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5 Steps to Practicing Dentistry Pain-Free

DR. VALACHI’S COVER ARTICLE in the Nov/Dec 2019 AADGP magazine! Pain is not a necessary by-product of dentistry.  You can reduce or eliminate your pain with targeted, evidence-based interventions! VIEW VIDEO Access the WellBody System NOW! Unfortunately, most dental and hygiene schools do not teach evidence-based ergonomics and wellness strategies.  To make matters worse, the dentalRead More >>

Work-related Pain Among Women in Dentistry

-Original Article by Dr. Bethany Valachi-  edited by Merideth Sweeney Did you realize the profession of dentistry ranked four out of the top five careers that are most damaging to one’s overall health (Kiersz & Gillett, 2018)?  Now, include being a woman to that alarming statistic, and this combination could produce the perfect storm for an ergonomic disaster.  But what ifRead More >>

Dentists, Golf & Low Back Pain

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- You’ve had a tough day in the operatory, the sun is out, your back is aching, and the green is calling.  What could be better than a game of golf to work the aches out?  For some dentists…just about anything! It’s no secret that over 50% of dentists experience chronic low backRead More >>

Why Dentists & Hygienists Require Specific Exercise

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Dental professionals are uniquely prone to muscle imbalances that are not a problem for the general population.  In this 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 can throw dental professionals into the vicious painRead More >>

What Causes Hip Pain in Dentistry?

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Hip pain among dental professionals can be due to a number of factors, however one of the most common is piriformis syndrome.  Piriformis syndrome is more prevalent among women than men, and occupations that involve prolonged sitting, such as dentistry, may place women at a higher risk for hip pain than otherRead More >>

How to Select an Ergonomic Dental Stool that fits YOU!

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- When it comes to dental stools, one size does NOT fit all!  With all the varieties and optional features of dental stools on the market today, your unique body characteristics can be better fitted and supported than ever before!  However, when selecting a dental stool, we must now take a look at notRead More >>

Strength vs. Endurance Exercise for Dental Professionals

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- You wouldn’t put just any old forcep on any old tooth for an extraction. You need to match the appropriate instrument to the specific treatment need. For example, if you try to use an anterior forcep on a posterior tooth, it probably won’t work well…in fact, someone could get hurt! Likewise, whenRead More >>

How Proper Positioning Improves Your Posture in Dentistry

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- One of the primary reasons I see my students and clinicians contorting over the patient is due to poor control of the occlusal plane when treating the upper arch.  This is Step 3 of my 10-Step Patient Positioning Sequence, and one of the most important concepts in dental ergonomics:  when the occlusalRead More >>

The Benefits of Saddle Stools in Dentistry

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Those who know me well may think I advocate a saddle stool because I am an equestrian!  However the beneficial biomechanics behind a saddle stool in the operatory cannot be overlooked. Saddle-style stools are becoming increasingly popular in dentistry—and for good reason.  The benefits of this positioning are numerous, and research supports theRead More >>

How to Resolve Low Back Pain in Dentistry

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Among the general population, about 1 in 6 people would tell you they’ve experienced low back pain in the past 12 months.  Among dental professionals, the prevalence is 1 in 2! So what causes low back pain in dentistry?  There are numerous causes, including: Non-ergonomic dental stools Improper adjustment of the stoolRead More >>

Exercises that Dental Professionals Should Avoid!

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- When it comes to exercise, dental professionals should look to the evidence!  Dental professionals are prone to painful muscle imbalances which can be exacerbated by exercises that are not a problem for the general public. This is why generic exercise regimens (P90X, Pilates, Yoga and Crossfit) need to be modified to removeRead More >>

Should You be Treating Your Trigger Points?

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Your Trigger Points Might be Causing Your Pain! Have you ever experienced a ‘headache’ behind your eye that won’t go away with pain medication?  Or experienced neck pain that feels slightly better with massage, but massage doesn’t resolve the neck pain?  These are typical characteristics of upper trapezius trigger points.  Since theRead More >>

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