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Solving Work Related Pain in Dentistry

Blog Category: Neck pain

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 >>

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 >>

3 Keys to Eliminating Neck Pain in Dentistry

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Up to 80% of dentists & hygienists report neck pain in a 12 month period, and if untreated, can lead to disability or early retirement.  Intervention to prevent neck pain in dentistry should be evidence-based and unbiased.  My doctorate studies focused on preventing neck pain among dental professionals, so I am quite passionateRead 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 to Select Dental Loupes That Prevent Neck 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. SoRead 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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