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Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS
Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS is DPR’s ergonomics editor and author of the book,“Practice Dentistry Pain-Free” and clinical instructor of ergonomics at OHSU School of Dentistry in Portland, Ore. She is also the author of the evidence-based "Online Dental Ergonomic & Wellness System for Dental Professionals." A physical therapist who has worked exclusively with dental professionals for more than 15 years, she is recognized internationally as an expert in dental ergonomics, and has been invited to lecture at more than 300 conferences worldwide. She has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed dental journals and has developed patient positioning and exercise DVDs specifically for dental professionals. Bethany offers free newsletters, articles, videos and product reviews on her website at www.posturedontics.com and can be reached at [email protected]
How to treat pain caused by trigger points
How to treat pain caused by trigger points
Trigger points are a primary cause of pain for many dental professionals, and it’s important to treat them as soon as they present.
4 movement strategies for pain-free dental career
4 movement strategies for pain-free dental career
The secret to preventing occupation-induced pain isn’t so secret after all — in fact, it’s the most natural thing you can do.
Two common reasons your wrist hurts — and how to treat it
Two common reasons your wrist hurts — and how to treat it
Many dentists complain of pain in the hands and wrist, but aren't sure what's causing it or how they can take care of it.
Resolving upper back pain in dental professionals
Resolving upper back pain in dental professionals
Solving the common problem of back pain in dentists requires identifying the correct cause first.
How shoulder pain can cripple your dental career
How shoulder pain can cripple your dental career
When it comes to shoulder pain, prevention is the best option.
Trigger points and low back pain in dentistry
Trigger points and low back pain in dentistry
What are trigger points, and how can you avoid the pain they can cause?
8 things dental professionals need to know about exercise
8 things dental professionals need to know about exercise
The exercises that work for the average person can be damaging to a dental professional’s health — but do you know which ones are dangerous?
5 steps to a pain-free dental career
These essential steps can be invaluable to preventing pain and ensuring career longevity.
5 steps to a pain-free dental career
5 steps to a pain-free dental career
These essential steps can be invaluable to preventing pain and ensuring career longevity.
5 ways to counteract neck pain
5 ways to counteract neck pain
Neck pain is a common problem plaguing dental professionals, but taking these five steps can help.