Working Posture
Hands-on course
04 Nov 2017, 09:00 - 12:00 Dubai, UAE Area of interest: General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene

Abstract

There is no doubt that Dentistry is a very challenging profession. We work sitting down all day, in a confined space in a physically demanding position. Often, it’s an emotionally charged environment and on people who for the most part, would like to be somewhere else. It is a recipe for STRESS!! Most of us have never been taught how to sit well and we often end up either tired, in pain or “crippled” at the end of our day. Dr. Jones developed her WorkingPosture course based initially on the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais but has now adapted it specifically for all members of the Dental team and other people who sit to work all day While working in Endodontics for over 25 years she knows what problems the team experience. As a Certified Feldenkrais Teacher for over 25 years, she has found successful innovative techniques to not only undo the damage already done by working in the dental office but a successful program to prevent work-related injuries before they occur. She has been offering back care and sitting workshops to many and varied groups including the Dental Profession for almost 20 years. In the Sydney Dental Faculty, her program has been part of Continuing Education for 20 years and it is now part of the Curriculum for BOH etc. Her program is currently being offered to the dental team through the Australian Dental Association CPD Program. (https://www.adansw.com.au/CPD/Courses.aspx)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Much more awareness of the functioning of their own body. To become aware when their posture becomes poor and is heading towards problems
  2. Ability to use pelvis as the foundation for all movements, providing a firm basis for strength and flexibility in the trunk for strong AND flexible dexterity in the shoulders, arms, and wrists.
  3. Knowing how to avoid workplace injuries and help with rehab should problems arise

The Course will provide

  1. A theoretical PPT lecture on anatomy. The lecture also explains how the Feldenkrais Method uniquely uses neuroplasticity to change old habits and generate better posture, flexibility and work practices
  2. A series of practical Awareness Through Movement lessons to retrain the body for better posture, dexterity, and function
  3. Access to further lessons online to consolidate learning from the workshop

Agenda 

09:00 – 10:00
Lecture:
  • Introductory Lecture + Anatomy of Trunk Support
10:00 – 11:00
Hands-on:
  • Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson:
  • Turning and reaching using pelvis and hip- An awareness through movement lesson where students learn how to use their pelvis to turn and reach and avoid straining the neck and to avoid twisting movement that is so damaging the torso when working in a stressed environment.
  • Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson:
  • How to use “integrative core bracing” Helps develop core strength to give torso/spine strength AND flexibility. To do this we need to feel how to align the body.
  • Awareness Through Movement (ATM):
  • Sitting in chairs- These lessons bring teaching into sitting in a chair and integrates all previous lessons by bringing them into the workplace. Showing how to adjust posture for turning, reaching, using Loupes and Microscope. Ideally, this lesson could be taught in Simclinic but can be done using good flat chairs.
11:00 – 12:00
Hands-on:
  • Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson:
  • Arm reach and roll- An awareness through movement lesson where students learn how to soften their shoulders and arms and still have lots of strength control and delicacy of movement to do their work. These movements help to avoid RSI and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome—common in dental workers. The lesson also refines and integrates movements from earlier lessons by coordinating with trunk and pelvis.
  • Connecting fine motor movements of hand with the torso. This lesson helps prevent shoulder and wrist problems amongst other things, Hands that are relaxed can have better accurate fine motor movements.