Ergonomics


Reducing the Mechanical Demand

How to maintain musculoskeletal health while generating sufficient force for effective periodontal instrumentation.
By Jill L. McNitt-Gray, PhD, and Witaya Mathiyakom, PT, PhD

Developing A Plan of Action

Implementing and consistently updating an ergonomic care program that is based on a problem solving approach can help maintain musculoskeletal health.
By Claudia Michalak-Turcotte, CDA, RDH, MSDH, MSOSH, and Martha Sanders, MA, MSOSH, OTR/L CAPS

A Problem Solving Approach

Using a problem solving technique to address musculoskeletal disorder signs and symptoms can help dental hygienists maintain optimal health, quality of life, and career satisfaction.
By Claudia Michalak-Turcotte, CDA, RDH, MSDH, MSOSH, and Martha Sanders, MA, MSOSH, OTR/L CAPS

Posture Perfect

Noting harmful chair side postures through assessment and observation and making necessary adjustments can make the difference in maintaining a healthy career in dental hygiene.
By Melanie Simmer-Beck, RDH, MS, and Bonnie Branson, RDH, PhD

Making the Principles of Ergonomics Work for you

Preventive strategies can keep practice pain-free and ensure a long career in clinical dental hygiene.
By Tabitha Tavoc, RDH, MEd, and Marylou E. Gutmann, RDH, MA

Maximize Your Visual Acuity

Increased magnification—from loupes to dental microscopes–can boost treatment outcomes, improve diagnostic ability, and mitigate musculoskeletal health risks.
By Jean C. Wu, DDS, and Arvie Malik, RDH, BS

Mastering Upper Body Mechanics

Correct grasp, neutral positioning of the upper extremities, and hand, wrist, and forearm relationships are crucial to preventing repetitive strain injuries.
By Michelle L. Sensat, RDH, MS

PREVENTIVE POSITIONING

Maintaining good posture while practicing will minimize neck, shoulder, and low back pain.
By Patricia Nunn, RDH, MS

Boost Your Optic Acumen

The right surgical magnification system can support your musculoskeletal health and improve treatment outcomes.
By Susanne Sunell, RDH, EdD, and Lance Rucker, DDS, FACD

Preserve Your Arm and Hand Health

Cumulative trauma disorders can be prevented and successfully treated with the right approach.
By M. Elaine Parker, RDH, MS, PhD



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