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There is no doubt that Dentistry is a very challenging profession. We work sitting down all day, in a confined space in a physically demanding position. Often it’s an emotionally charged environment and on people who for the most part, would like to be somewhere else. It is a recipe for STRESS!! Most of us have never been taught how to sit well and we often end up either tired, in pain or “crippled” at the end of our day. This course has been designed specifically for all members of the dental team. While working in Endodontics for over 25 years, Dr Jones knows what problems the team experience and has found successful innovative techniques based on neuroplastic learning from the Feldenkrais Method. It is a profound but easy way to not only undo the damage already done but to prevent work-related injuries in the first place. By addressing our bad postural habits this course can not only reverse some of the damage already done in the dental office but can prevent getting into trouble in the first place. It also has the added advantage of creating flexibility to improve your sports and fitness activities and help you come back to enjoying your body and grow old gracefully.

Learning outcomes

Recapture enjoyment of your body again while you work; that ease and flexibility you may have had in much earlier days Apply awareness and neuroplasticity of the nervous system to dismantle old bad postural habits and replace them with new ways that are more efficient biomechanically Recognise the neuromuscular basis for work injury, pain and discomfort specific to the dental office and demonstrate how to reverse and prevent this damage. Identify and in a practical way dismantle your own particular unique patterns of holding tension Reawaken your bodily wisdom (proprioception), something that stress has diminished in us and that has been scientifically demonstrated to be a key imperative in recovering from chronic pain and dysfunction Incorporate relaxed shoulders and arms with good core trunk support. Activate new easy patterns of sitting, turning etc using spiral patterns that have been shown to be functionally more efficient and natural. Create new good habits of movement and balance as you work Learn a Daily Program to align body well before work as a prevention for further problems

Further information 

Dr Penelope Jones

Dr Penelope Jones practiced in an Endodontic Practice in Sydney for over 25 years after having been in General Practice in Sydney, Leeton and London for some years. In 1992 she completed 4 years of training to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Teacher at La Trobe University’s Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in Melbourne. Her dental experience taught her what trials and difficulties Dentists and their staff can suffer. In the early days of practicing Dentistry she experienced serious ongoing pain herself almost to the point of having to retire. The Feldenkrais Method became a tool for her to help herself and to begin to understand why Dentists and other seated workers have so many problems. The Method is excellent for addressing the fact that many of our problems come from bad postural habits. Most of us know this but have no way to change it After completing her course Dr Jones then set about creating a series of workshops to address the problems of her colleagues. Mentors such as Beryl Kennedy, Prof Stuart McGill from Canada, Norman Doige who spread the word on neuroplasticity that she learned from Moshe Feldenkrais, have allowed Dr Jones to incorporate into her program a sophisticated functional understanding of core muscles and the use of spiral movement in core strength and flexibility. This is the foundation of strength with flexibility needed for sitting to work. In the mid 1990s Dr Jones began teaching various workshops for the Dental Faculty’s Continuing Education. She taught “Back and Body Care', “the Well Balanced Dentist', “Are you Fit to Sit' and others. In 2001 after a serious car accident Dr Jones had to give up practice and taught basic sciences for some years in the Medical and Dental Faculties of Sydney University. She also used her WorkingPosture and Feldenkrais skills to rehabilitate serious chronic pain issues after the accident. During 2006 she created the “Working Posture' program and began formally teaching it to the Dental students. The program has been very popular with the students and various visitors to the school who were not aware of the program being taught in the school have commented on how good the students posture is.

Dr Penelope Jones 

Working Posture for the Dental Team

Dr Penelope Jones
Thursday 7th Nov 2024
9:00am - 4:30pm
Centre for Professional Development
1 Atchison Street
Region: St Leonards
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