Training Workshops

Optimum Dental Posture takes a practical and hands-on approach to training. 

All our workshops are interactive and hosted in a dental setting.  


ERGONOMICS & WELLNESS IN DENTISTRY

A Two Day Seminar and Clinical Hands-on Workshop for Dental Professionals

Overcoming and Preventing Occupational Stress & Chronic Pain in the Dental Surgery

This two day training program is a practical “User Guide” for posture and movement patterns, teaching Fundamental Inner Ergonomics every dental practitioner needs to know. You will learn the steps to recovery and prevention of occupational chronic pain in the dental profession.

INNER ERGONOMICS & WELLBEING IN DENTISTRY

You did not receive training in dental school in how to organize your body to gain access to your patients’ mouths without compromising your musculoskeletal health. You bend and twist any which way, without paying attention to yourself.

Poor work postures - prolonged forward and downwardly directed, unilaterally collapsed - lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Many practitioners have become accustomed to chronic pain and discomfort, believing it is the price to be paid for being a dental  professional.

You were not trained to deal with the fearful human beings attached to the teeth you treat, who often cover up their fear and anxiety with a prickly outer mask which can be taken personally as hostility and lack of appreciation.

Worldwide research shows an alarming incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental profession. Chronic pain, discomfort and stress impact on career longevity, productivity and quality of life; forcing many to take time off from their practices or into early retirement. 

HOW CAN YOU DO DENTISTRY WITHOUT HURTING YOURSELF?

Although there are fundamental biomechanical design principles governing movement and posture, people are not trained in how to co-operate with these, and unfortunately nobody is provided with a “User Guide” at birth.

Dental ergonomic research and design have focused on the equipment and surgery layout, the Outer Ergonomics, overlooking the importance of the operator’s efficiency in posture and movement, the Inner Ergonomics.

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OVERVIEW

Fundamental Inner Ergonomic Principles

Cumulative Trauma in the dental surgery and daily life and why there is an alarming incidence of occupational pain and discomfort

Inner Ergonomics - what dental practitioners need to know about their bio-mechanical design

Postural Awareness - recognition of harmful posture and movement patterns

The power of habit and how to change those harmful habitual patterns

Calming techniques for stress reduction for clinicians and patients

Steps to optimal musculoskeletal health

Restorative procedures for tight muscles during dental treatment

Inner Ergonomic Principles applied in the dental surgery

Practical demonstrations in a clinical setting, individual kinaesthetic guidance and practise of applied Inner Ergonomics in simulated treatment on a manikin, with special focus on:

  1. Gaining access to challenging quadrants

  2. Various treatment procedures with instruments you are invited to bring, including forceps

  3. Postural awareness during treatment, taking care of yourself as you take care of your patients, and support in changing harmful habitual work postures

Restoration with Active Rest

Demonstration and experiential training in how to decompress the spine and release tight muscles and joints at work and home

Restoration through movement

Demonstration and practise of exercises you can do at work and home to overcome and prevent back pain and stiffness, and arm/hand/wrist proble

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Melbourne

Thursday 6 & Friday 7 December 2018
10 am - 4 pm both days

Henry Schein Halas
Level 9, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC

Brisbane

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 March 2019
10 am - 4 pm both days

Henry Schein Halas
8 Gardner Close, Milton, Brisbane QLD 4034

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 September 2019
10 am - 4 pm both days

Henry Schein Halas
8 Gardner Close, Milton, Brisbane QLD 4034

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Sydney

Friday 21 & Saturday 22 June 2019
10am - 4pm both days

A-Dec
Unit 8, 5-9 Ricketty Street, Mascot NSW 2020

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FEES

Seminar and clinical hands on workshop
Includes lunch and refreshments

Melbourne & Brisbane

- Dentists $1450 + GST
- Dental Hygienists & Oral Health Therapists $1050 + GST

Sydney

- Dentists $1650 + GST
- Dental Hygienists & Oral Health Therapists $1150 + GST

Each Workshop is Limited to 20 Participants

TRAINERS

Dr Anikó Ball and her assistant trainers provide participants with individual kinaesthetic guidance for optimal work postures and movement in the practical training sessions.

Meet the Trainers

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YOU ARE YOUR MOST PRECIOUS INSTRUMENT.
LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AS YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR PATIENTS.