What Is About Dentistry That Strains You So Much?

If you’re like most other professionals in the field of dentistry, then it doesn’t matter if you’re a fully certified dentist, a hygienist, or still undergoing your clinical training, you’ve learned all too well the physical strains that come with our line of work.

Unfortunately, studies have indicated that repetitive movements over an extended period of time, along with strained posture, can result in musculoskeletal disorders.

9 out of 10 Dentists Suffer from Pain and Problems

More than 9 in 10 professionals in our industry suffer from pain and problems affecting their shoulders, spines, hands, and wrists. This invariably leads to a very real question for many of us, which is what can we possibly do in our various practices to make things better for ourselves?

Changes need to be made, but the type of change they need is one that can have a positive impact every day, all day long. If we can’t work, we don’t get paid, therefore physical pains or disabilities wind up limiting not just our bodies but also our paychecks.

Manage The Physical Position Of Your Patients

If you approach your patients with an attitude of compassion and kindness, part of that means positioning them where you think they’re likely to have the utmost comfort. At least once a day you probably get that one patient that just can’t rest back. Some are often curious about how they even get to sleep every night.

Here some steps that you should practice with the team members around you:

  1. Once your patients sit, ask them to sit up tall.
  2. Ask your patients to try and scoot their hips as best they can back into their chairs.
  3. Raise the chair’s headrest to align with this new position that the patient is in.

What you need to accomplish here is making sure that your patient is positioned for three things. The first is their own comfort. The second is improved accessibility. The third is supporting many concavities of the human body, be it the small of someone’s back, the break at the knees, or that place where the cervical spine and occipital bone intersect.

Manage Your Position As A Professional Provider

Once you have appropriately positioned your patient, you need to then make sure you are properly positioned as it relates to them. Use the following quick tips for starters:

✔ When you sit, be sure that your ankles are the same distance apart as your hips.

✔ Your knees should remain above your ankles.

✔ Make sure your hips are also over your knees.

✔ Moving up, maintain the position of your shoulders being over your hips.

✔ Y our head has to stay over your shoulders.

And perhaps more important than anything…

✔ Keep your hands right at the heart position. If you’re not clear what this means, just grab your phone to type a text. This is where your hands need to be positioned when you are treating your patient.

Dentistry needs not to be painful if you stick with this advice for minimizing your discomfort. Now is the time to position yourself and your patients properly so you can work better. Keep these ideas in mind as you move into the future.

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