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Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS
Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, 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. 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]
A mysterious upper-back pain syndrome in dental professionals
A mysterious upper-back pain syndrome in dental professionals
Scalene trigger points often fly under the radar of clinical treatment, but they can have serious consequences for dental professionals.
Backrests and your health: What does the research say?
Backrests and your health: What does the research say?
Backrests are an important consideration when selecting an operator stool.
Delivery systems – Is yours delivering pain?
Delivery systems – Is yours delivering pain?
Understanding the differences between delivery systems can help you select the right one for your team.
The ergonomic benefits of saddle-style stools
The ergonomic benefits of saddle-style stools
Saddle up! Research has shown that a saddle-style stool could save your health—and your career.
Are right angles... wrong?
Are right angles... wrong?
For years, sitting with your hips at a 90-degree angle was thought to be ideal. But research suggests otherwise.
The top exercises that can worsen dentists' health
The top exercises that can worsen dentists' health
Your exercise routine may be the most damaging part of your lifestyle—are you making these critical mistakes in your workouts?
Are dental loupes improving or worsening your neck health?
Are dental loupes improving or worsening your neck health?
Selecting the correct loupes can make a big difference for your health.
How to optimize and "ergonomize" your front office
How to optimize and "ergonomize" your front office
Ergonomic challenges in the front office rivals can often rival those in the dental operatory! Just as in many dental operatory scenarios, you don’t have to break the bank to ‘ergonomize’ your front office. Here are the top problems I encounter in dental front offices and easy, economical fixes.
Demystifying pain among women in dentistry
Demystifying pain among women in dentistry
The percentage of women pulling up chairside in the operatory is increasing. And studies show that women in dentistry experience a higher frequency and severity of pain than their male counterparts, with the thumbs, hands, hips, neck, and shoulder being particularly problematic.
The 4 ergonomic ‘must-haves’ in a patient chair
The 4 ergonomic ‘must-haves’ in a patient chair
Naturally, you want your patient to be comfortable. However, when we compare how many hours a year the average patient spends reclined in a dental chair (several hours), with the time you spend hovering over the oral cavity (over 2000 hours), who is really at risk of developing discomfort or pain?