One of the most common things I see amongst every ergonomics continuing education class or discussion on posture is WHY we need good posture and WHAT good posture looks like, which is valuable, sure, but what about HOW TO GET this posture that they’re talking about?
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as watching a webinar or going to a class that teaches you about good posture in order to have good posture.
In my research, I’d say nearly 90% of all dental hygienist (and dentists, too) have some sort of aches, pain, and discomfort in their body.
And while some hygienists and dentists have proper posture, there’s so many of us that don’t.
Let me preface this by also sharing that I’ve been a practicing dental hygienist for over twelve years and for a long time, I had pain throughout my body — in a lot of places! You name it, I likely had it.
The aches and pain in my body are what led me to become a yoga therapist, and now I specialize in pain and movement, and specifically for people that sit all day–hello, dental fam!
I want to share with you a few secrets that you likely didn’t learn in school or at your recent class on Ergonomics…
There are three integral pieces in creating and maintaining good posture.
I see a lot of people recommend certain stretches for the dental community, and while I’m so glad that there’s education like that out there, we can go a level deeper to get even better results.
Let me explain.
The importance of stretching is to do it in two ways: mindfully/intentionally and in unison with your breath. I see people stretching all of the time, but when you’re doing it just to do it without any idea as to what you’re supposed to be stretching, it’s far less beneficial. The second–without addressing the breath, and specifically harnessing a slow and steady breathing pattern as you stretch, you remain in a stress-response state and do not allow the muscles to fully relax and release.
This is a big piece that differentiates yoga and yoga therapy, and yoga from regular stretching….
Although I agree 1010% that going to the gym and lifting weights is extremely valuable for good posture, I also firmly believe that there is another way. Many therapeutic yoga movements help to strengthen the body.
It’s important to strengthen not just your muscular system, but also strengthening around the joints, which you don’t typically get to do at the gym.
With the use of certain props (like a yoga block or bolster), we’re able to strengthen the legs, hips, core, spine, and back of the neck–all of which are vital for good posture.
So much of what we do as hygienists are one-side dominant so I’m sure you can imagine (or perhaps you’ve experienced) how common it is for pain/discomfort/aches to present themselves on one side of the body.
I see this all of the time.
So how the heck do we even ourselves out?
In my personal opinion–yoga therapy.
It serves us with mindful stretching, strategic strengthening and helps to create balanced alignment with the body–all while creating a relaxed breath, body, and mind.
I’d love to share more about how yoga therapy can help YOU achieve all of these things in the comfort of your own home…
Introducing my new 3-month Yoga Therapy Program for RDHs!
Finally… a comprehensive program that’s all online–for hygienists to not only get out of pain and discomfort but also to create a deeper understanding of their body, alignment and how to support their body while working.
The next round of this program starts on March 3rd.
Are you ready to learn more about this program and make the leap into investing in your body and health in an empowering way?
I can’t wait to begin the goodness and share it all with you!
PS: have questions about the program? Click here to see the info page + send me a message!