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Sitting Shouldn’t Have to Be a Job By Timothy J. Caruso, PT, MBA, MS, Cert. MDT, CEAS Sitting to work or working to sit? Most dental practitioners sit for the majority of the workday. Generally, dental professionals report experiencing discomfort in the back and neck areas most frequently (ADA membership survey 2007). When observing dental professionals, we see that they tend to assume a number of awkward postures and positions during the course of their workday—sometimes referred to as “holding patterns.” The practitioners become so focused on their patients and the procedures they are performing, that they often disregard their position, posture, and level of discomfort. Over time, this can have a negative cumulative effect on their body, also afffecting the quality of their work. Pain in the shoulder, wrist, hand, or neck can prohibit the dental professional from completing the required procedures efficiently, effectively, and at the highest level of quality. Historically, standard solutions to these problems aren’t necessarily helpful or cost effective. Taking a break or a little time off is rarely the answer to mounting pain or ongoing discomfort. With bills to pay and insurance companies getting more challenging to work with, the dental professional needs to be on their “A” game as much as possible. The economy is pushing everyone to do more with less. Some things to consider: 1. Are you accommodating to the patient or moving them to allow better access to the oral cavity? 2. Are you “parked” in one position during the day or on the move? 3. Do you balance your day or your schedule to alternate easy patients with more difficult ones? 4. Do you take time off when you need it? 5. Do you gradually increase your work schedule after time off? 6. Are you taking pain medications on a regular basis? 7. Are you treating yourself to regular massage or a chiropractic manipulation? Therapeutic Dynamic Seating System 8. Have you needed surgery? Over time, our bodies tend to accommodate the positions we assume. In addition, if we add age, osteoporosis, and muscular imbalance to the equation, we often find that we are in poor posture that becomes increasingly difficult to correct. Additionally, we find that the amount of stress that our bodies can tolerate becomes much lower and our discomfort and fatigue becomes much higher. Some good news—modern solutions are now available, starting with a new approach to an old, tried and true solution. Sitting up straight. There are a number of operator stools out there, but very few that don’t allow you to sit poorly. One in particular provides a dynamic seating surface with an adjustable backrest and SIDEKICK 54 Autumn 2010 Sidekick

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Sidekick - Autumn 2010

Sidekick - Autumn 2010
Table of Contents
Arkansas Family Dentistry Drs. Tina Nichols and Samaria Mascagni
The Voice of Experience
Creating Your Customized Continuing Education Plan
Career Article
Social Media for Dentists
Quarterly Featured Designs
The Center for Pediatric Dentistry University of Washington Joel Berg DDS, MS–Director
CBCT–A Clear Perspective on Implant Options
Sitting Shouldn’t Have to be a Job
Pelton & Crane Opens the Dr. Richard Pelton Showroom and Training Center in Beaverton, Oregon
Everyday Dentistry
3D–Dawning a New Day for Dentistry
Social Media Checklist
East Pointe Trails Dental Centre Dr. Edward MacMurdo
Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions Partners With The Snyder Group

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