PT Classroom - Ergonomics for the Dental Profession ׀ by Ronald W. Porter, PT, CEAS III
Ronald W. Porter is a recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics. In the past 30 years, since becoming Director of the The Back School, he has instructed over 1000 workshops and seminars on Ergonomics Awareness and Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention to physical and occupational therapists, medical doctors, occupational health nurses, and industrial health and safety professionals. Ron has worked with over 200 industries, including Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, E.I. Du Pont, DS Waters, Shell Oil, International Paper, Cingular Wireless and the United States Navy, on the development and implementation of innovative ergonomics programs for both individual plant sites and entire corporations. He is often an featured presenter at national safety and health association conferences including the 2007 - 2010 American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conferences, the 1995 - 2005 American Occupational Health Conferences, SEAK Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conferences in 2005-2007 and a March 2010 national webinar on the Aging Workforce for the ASSE Virtual Classroom. His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, American Physical Therapy Association, American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Dentistry receives many accolades with regard to the
preventative orientation of its patient care and
public health activities. It is ironic that there has been
little focus to the prevention of adverse
health consequences among the practitioners of dentistry,
dental hygiene and associated occupations.
Our body is a tremendous machine! That being said, it is capable of more when used properly. Within the field of Ergonomics, our most powerful posture is stated to be within the body’s POWER ZONE. We are much stronger when the hands are held closer to our body than when they are held farther away. Increasing the distance between the hands and the body increases the stress on the shoulders, neck and lower back. Awareness of your POWER ZONE and your posture will help you be more comfortable during any activity.
ERGO BREAK FOR THE WORKPLACE ATHLETE