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Preparation List for the Hands-On Course, "Ergonomics in Instrumentation to Manage Occupational Pain Including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome"

To realize the greatest benefit from the course, please consider the following items:

Program Outline:

Materials provided in the workshop:

Course Content Overview:

The lecture material recognizes the dental hygienists' pivotal role in a periodontally-oriented practice. It deals with the three basic causes of occupational pain and the corresponding three-fold corrective strategy that has been effective in rehabilitating many hygienists over the years. The presentation concludes with a detailed explanation of the Biocentric Technique.

The central theme of the day is instrumentation technique in a hands-on format designed for skill transfer.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course each participant should understand the principles of ergonomics and orthopaedics as they impact the practicing hygienist. This should allow them to deal with the many factors that contribute to fatigue and pain in the work place. They should understand the basic concepts of instrumentation and the details of the components in the Biocentric Technique.

Course Benefits:

A survey of 150 hygienists that took the course between 1991 and 1995 clearly indicates that there had been a considerable reduction in fatigue and pain due to the proper application of ergonomic and orthopaedic principles as taught. Hygienists reported an improved self image and quality of life, both at the office and during leisure hours. This more positive attitude had helped to increase production and, in many cases, extend career life.

In addition, each participant should feel free to phone Dr. Meador at (210) 826-1884 in the event of either of the two following possibilities, i.e. (1) you are having trouble with some particular aspect of integration, (he is usually able to help over the phone, and is happy to do so) or (2) your are getting along very well, feeling less fatigue and pain, and would like to make his day by letting him know.

Come prepared for a very exciting and productive day. I look forward to meeting you in person.


Harold L. Meador, D.D.S.

* Under "Materials Provided in the Workshop," the sharpening stone and video are routinely provided with the course when it is presented at the Continuing Dental Education Department of UTHSCSA Dental School in San Antonio. These two items may not be provided at presentations in other locations. The are available through the Continuing Education Department of the dental school.

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