Bethany Valachi, MS, PT, CEAS

 Bethany Valachi, MS, PT, CEAS

Bethany Valachi, MS, PT, CEAS

Friday, April 3, 2009
2 am - 5 pm
3 CE credits
ODA course
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants





Neck, Back & Beyond: Preventing Pain for Peak Productivity

Two out of three dental professionals experience work-related pain that can affect quality of life, productivity, or career longevity.  This evidence-based seminar for the entire team goes far beyond dental ergonomics to fill a void in the dental education-bridging the gap between dental ergonomics and work-related pain.  Discover how dentistry and equipment selection are affecting your physical health.  Implement effective self-treatment and prevention strategies based on clinical experience and research in the areas of dental ergonomics, biomechanics, kinesiology, and physiology.  Team members will walk away with techniques they can apply immediately in the operatory to reduce work-related pain, prevent injury and increase career longevity. 

At the conclusion of this seminar, attendees will have learned:
  • How to identify and prevent common MSDs in dentistry
  • Criteria for selection and adjustment of delivery systems, operator stools and patient chairs based on operator size, job type and operatory size 
  • The benefits of implementing chairside stretching to prevent muscle dysfunction
  • The proper chairside body mechanics to prevent back pain, rotator cuff impingement and trapezius myalgia
  • The 4 pain syndromes that can mimic carpal tunnel syndrome in dentistry and preventative interventions 

Since 1997, Bethany Valachi has likely prolonged the careers of thousands of dental professionals by helping prevent and relieve work-related pain with her groundbreaking, research -based dental ergonomic health education and therapies. 

Recognized as a leading dental ergonomic expert, Bethany, who is a member of the National Speakers Association, frequently lectures at dental conferences internationally.   She conducts In-Office Dental Ergonomic Consultations and also reviews products for  She is published in numerous industry journals, including JADA, the author of the ADAA Ergonomic Study Course and the book Practice Dentistry Pain-Free, and contributing author to Periodontal Instrumentation, a dental hygiene textbook.

Posturedontics, the company for which she is president and founder, provides research based dental ergonomic education, self-treatment therapies and product evaluations.  Her popular Chiarside Stretching & Trigger Point Therapy and Smart Moves Exercise programs were developed specifically for dental professionals to alleviate and prevent chronic occupational pain.