Back specialists and disability statistics confirm dentists are
by profession prone to back ailments and early retirement because
of back-related disability. The main reason is working for prolonged
hours with a tight time schedule in a forward bent and slouched
position on badly designed chairs. However, research in occupational
health has come up with some remedies for "the seated man".
Dr C Mandal, a Danish orthopaedic surgeon and doyen in ergonomics,
describes several solutions in his classic Homo Sedens or The
Seated Man. Foremost, his findings encouraged engineers to develop
a special seat mechanism: a synchronised forward and backward
tilting chair mainly for performing precision work in a forward
The Back Shop International recommends as proven remedies for
the maintenance of a healthy spine the following tools:
(1) The versatile Wellback 500, vinyl cover, spec. rubber
lines wheels for tiled floors.
(2) The HAG Saddle Chair, developed in Norway and preferred
by dentists and dentistry technicians.
(3) The Natural Orthopaedic Inversion Spine Traction Exerciser
(a) plain stretcher configuration,
(b) armchair configuration.
Inversion Exercises relieve and prevent back pain through general
relaxation, spine stretching, toning of sagging abdominal muscles
and improving breathing and circulation. They can be used at home
or even better in a spare room of your surgery for an all relaxing
and refreshing break, despite even a strenuous schedule.