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    Why all exercise is not necessarily good exercise for dentists

    How to select exercises that benefit your health—not make it worse!

    Based on the latest research, Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS explains why dentists require specific exercise due to their predisposition to unique muscle imbalances, and why certain generic exercise routines can throw dentists into the vicious pain cycle!

    Imagine hiring a personal trainer, participating in a CrossFit program or simply trying a new gym machine to help improve your musculoskeletal health, only to end up in more pain than when you started! Unfortunately, I hear numerous accounts of this occurring among dentists. Most healthcare professionals do not realize that dentists are predisposed to unique muscle imbalances—certain generic exercises, that are not a problem for the general population, can throw the dentist into a vicious pain cycle. When dentists come to understand these muscle imbalances, the proverbial light bulb appears…”Ah, that’s why I always had pain after that exercise.”

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    Preventing work-related pain or disability among dental professionals is rightfully a growing concern, as up to 81 percent of dentists and hygienists experience work-related pain in a 12-month period.1-4 A natural tendency is to ‘wait for the painful episode’ before action is taken. Unfortunately, by this time, irreversible structural damage may have occurred.5 Team members must therefore become advocates for their own musculoskeletal health and implement wise prevention strategies prior to the ‘painful episode’. Developing balanced musculoskeletal health through proper strengthening exercise can help dentists avoid work-related pain, injury or early retirement.

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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 ...

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