Marie Jalkanen offers some exercises dentists can do to help keep a good circulation whilst at work.

To work as a dentist is hard physically because of the precise and static work. Therefore, it’s important to have good, suitable equipment: like ergonomic grip on an instrument, a patient chair that has a good amount of space underneath and can be adjusted high enough, light good quality loupes, and a divided saddle chair that can give you a correct posture.

Also, it’s smart to change your position and move as much as possible to help keep a good circulation. Sit for a while, stand when you need more power and the patient cannot be lowered down far enough, walk and collect your next patient from the waiting room.

Besides that you can create some easy exercises during the day to relax your muscles and keep them in good condition.

Here are some smart exercises that you can do during the day whilst sitting on your Salli Saddle chair. Because of the gap in the chair you won’t feel any uncomfortable pressure.

When undertaking stretching exercises, keep the position for 20-30 seconds.

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Figure 1: Stretching the neck muscles both sides
Figure 1: Stretching the neck muscles both sides
Figure 2: Stretching the upper neck muscles. This is very important because many dentists tend to drop their chin when looking down. With this stretch you can get rid of headaches that come from tight muscles
Figure 2: Stretching the upper neck muscles. This is very important because many dentists tend to drop their chin when looking down. With this stretch you can get rid of headaches that come from tight muscles
Figure 3: Stretching of the forearm
Figure 3: Stretching of the forearm
Figure 4: The muscles in the forearm get tensed when you grip the instruments tightly (rotate your forearm inside as far as possible. Face the palm towards you and make it stretch more by carefully pulling the palm towards you with the other hand)
Figure 4: The muscles in the forearm get tensed when you grip the instruments tightly (rotate your forearm inside as far as possible. Face the palm towards you and make it stretch more by carefully pulling the palm towards you with the other hand)
Figure 5: Stretching of your side muscles
Figure 5: Stretching of your side muscles
Figure 6: Stretching the back and shoulders
Figure 6: Stretching the back and shoulders
Figure 7: Stretching of your whole backside
Figure 7: Stretching of your whole backside
Figure 8: Rotate your shoulders, relaxing and increasing circulation
Figure 8: Rotate your shoulders, relaxing and increasing circulation
Figure 9: Activation of the upper back muscles, which tend to get weak and tight when working in front of the body
Figure 9: Activation of the upper back muscles, which tend to get weak and tight when working in front of the body