Updated: Feb 22, 2018
Ergonomics in Dentistry & in the Workplace: Exercises to Prevent Thumb, Finger, Hand, Wrist, Carpal Tunnel & Elbow Injuries.
Repetitive grip injuries are a form of RSI (repetitive stress injury). They are common in many occupations, few more-so than in the dental profession. Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants are especially exposed to repetitive grip imbalances. Hand muscles cross many joints throughout the lower arm, and thus the usability of the fingers, thumb, hand, wrist, carpal tunnel and elbow often become compromised – especially over time.
Dental professionals rate HIGHLY in EACH category for exposure to repetitive grip injuries:
Aggressive, continuous grip, often with vibration
Long grip periods without a break
Non-neutral tool size gripped (small tool requires greater pinch effort)
Palm-down position during grip (greater effort to support wrist & fingers)
Common RSI injuries in the dental professional:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tennis Elbow & Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Thumb, Small Finger & Wrist Tendinitis and Chronic Adhesion
Arthritis / Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis / Duyputren’s Contracture
Why Dentists, Dental Hygienists & Dental Assistants Use Handmaster Plus
Handmaster Plus is used by dental professionals as an easy ergonomic exercise to offset muscle imbalance and the effects of unavoidable chronic daily repetitive gripping.
One easy continuous exercise strengthens and balances the 9 muscles that close the hand as well as the 9 muscles that open the hand resulting in strong stable hands, wrists, carpal tunnels and elbows. Just minutes per day means better performance and a reduced risk of RSI injury as a result of repetitive gripping.
You can try the Handmaster Plus at in Hamilton at the "Sharpen Up" workshop on 10 March 2018. If you would like to register click the link: https://www.practicesafe.co.nz/events/sharpen-up
Or you can purchase from our online shop:
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(Article Extracted & Edited from a blog by Dr Terry Zachary: HandmasterPlus.com)