Ergonomics


Improve Visibility

With the help of new technology, clinicians can enhance their view of the oral cavity while improving ergonomics and patient care.
BY JoNELL BLY, RDH, BS, AND BECCA D. JORDRE, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, CERT MDT

Strategies for Managing Stress

Dental hygienists can use a variety of techniques to reduce the negative effects of stress.
By Claudia Michalak-Turcotte, CDA, RDH, MSDH, MSOSH, and Martha Atwood Sanders, PhD, MSOSH, OTR/L CPE

Injury Prevention with Physical Therapy

An individually designed program provided by a physical therapist can help oral health professionals improve strength, flexibility, endurance, and patterns of posture and movement.
By Karen Kott, PT, PhD, and Margaret F. Lemaster, BSDH, MS

Prevent Pain with the Right Operator Stool

Selecting a seating option that supports a neutral spine and promotes comfort will help dental hygienists reduce the ergonomic risks faced in clinical practice.
By Becca D. Jordre, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, Cert MDT, and JoNell Bly, RDH, BS

Multifaceted Magnification

The same ergonomic tools used by dental hygienists to improve visual acuity may also help patients strengthen their self-care regimens.
By Frances McConaughy, RDH, MS

Alternative Avenues for Pain Management

These complementary therapies can help reduce the recurring musculoskeletal pain often experienced by clinical dental hygienists. By Tabitha Tavoc, RDH, PhD

Ergonomic Best Practices

A variety of interventions is available to help clinicians reduce the risk of injury and practice more efficiently.
By Hadeel Mohammed Ayoub, BSDH, MS(c), and Michele Leonardi Darby, BSDH, MS

Take a Break

Here’s how to incorporate relaxation into your daily workday.
By Susan S. Parker, RDH, MEd, MBA

Habits for Healthy Practice

Positioning, grasp, fulcrums, and instrument design are integral to improving the ergonomics of instrumentation.
By Lisa J. Moravec, RDH, MS

Shine a Light

Coaxial illumination can help dental professionals improve their field of vision while also providing ergonomic benefits.
By Emily R. Holt, RDH, MHA, CDA, and Roberta Hoebeke, RN, PhD, FNP-BC



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