A Two Day Practical Workshop for Dental Professionals
This two day training program is a practical “User Guide” for work postures, teaching Fundamental Inner Ergonomics every dental practitioner needs to know. You will learn the steps to recovery and prevention of occupational chronic pain in the clinic.
Inner Ergonomics & Wellbeing in Dentistry
Most dental schools don’t train students how to bend over patients without compromising their neck, back and shoulders. Consequently, most clinicians bend and twist in harmful ways for long periods.
Poor work postures - prolonged forward and downwardly directed, unilaterally collapsed - lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Many practitioners have become accustomed to chronic pain and discomfort, believing it is the price to be paid for being a dental professional.
Most clinicians were not trained how to deal with the fearful human beings attached to the teeth they treat, who often cover up their fear and anxiety with a prickly outer mask, which can be taken personally and interpreted as hostility and lack of appreciation. This can lead to high levels of stress and burn out.
Worldwide research shows an alarming incidence of musculoskeletal disorders and stress in the dental profession.
Chronic pain and stress impact on career longevity, productivity and quality of life, forcing many practitioners to reduce work hours and to contemplate a career change or early retirement.
How Can You Reduce the Risk of Occupational Chronic Pain?
There are fundamental biomechanical design principles governing movement and posture; some joints are designed for prolonged bending, while others are not. Unfortunately we are not provided with a “User Guide” at birth.
Dental ergonomic research and design have focused on the equipment and surgery layout, the Outer Ergonomics, overlooking the importance of the operator’s efficiency in posture and movement, the Inner Ergonomics.
Fundamental Inner Ergonomics
- Cumulative Trauma in the clinic and daily life - why there is an alarming incidence of occupational pain
- The importance of correct magnification loupes
- Inner Ergonomics 101 - what dental practitioners need to know about their bio-mechanical design
- Postural Awareness - recognition of harmful postural habits
- Habit change
- the power of habit
- how to change harmful postural habits in the clinic
- and daily life
- Stress reduction
- early recognition of stress signs
- dealing with time pressure
- Calming techniques for patients and clinicians’ self-care
- Steps to optimal musculoskeletal health & wellness
Practical Application of Inner Ergonomic Principles
Practical demonstrations in a clinical setting, individual kinesthetic guidance and practice of applied Inner Ergonomics in simulated treatment on a manikin, with special focus on:
- Gaining access for treatment by organizing yourself from the inside out
- Various treatment procedures with instruments you are invited to bring, including forceps
- Reducing wrist, arm and shoulder strain during extractions, in sitting and standing
- Postural awareness during treatment - learning to become mindful of yourself in daily life and in the clinic
- Changing harmful habitual work postures
Participants are invited to bring their magnification loupes to evaluated from an ergonomic perspective
Restoration & Self-Care with Active Rest
Demonstration and experiential training in how to decompress the spine and release tight muscles and joints at work and home
- Cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected]
- 50% of the registration will be refunded if cancellation is made more than 21 days prior to the course.
- In case of cancellation within 7 days of the course or failure to attend, fee will not be refunded.
Tickets:Dentists (incl.GST)ClosedDental Hygienists & Oral Health Therapists (incl.GST)Closed
Wed, 16 November 2022
Lecture and Hands-on
a-dec Melbourne Showroom
Suite 1/260 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia,
Dr Anikó Ball
B.D.Sc.(Melb), Clin.Dip.Hyp. Adv. Dip. Alexander Studies Certified Alexander Teacher