POSTURAL AND MOVEMENT COACHING FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
Healthcare professionals as a whole experience a high incidence of musculoskeletal disorders. For example, approximately 81% of American dentists suffer from neck, shoulder and lower back pain1, between 55 and 96% of physical therapists suffer a work related musculoskeletal disorder during their career2,3,4, and according to the American Nurses Association, “musculoskeletal injury remains a top concern.”5
As a highly trained and knowledgeable professional, you care for others, but most advanced education programs don’t include caring for your own musculoskeletal health. And government programs aimed at protecting the musculoskeletal health of healthcare professionals focus primarily on your surroundings and the use of devices.6
DiscoverEase in Movement empowers you to apply biomechanical principles to the use of your own body. You’ll learn how to cooperate with your biomechanical design so you can overcome and prevent musculoskeletal pain and injury, enjoy a long and productive career, and improve quality of life in and out of work.
The Alexander Technique is an evidence based, cause oriented method of changing harmful patterns of tension in posture and movement. It is a neuromuscular reeducation that addresses habits and automatic reactions to improve postural support and neuromuscular coordination.
With Alexander Technique posture and movement coaching, healthcare professionals, including surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, dentists and massage therapists, learn to cooperate with the body’s biomechanical principles and achieve a more efficient use of the body, leading to reductions in chronic pain, fatigue and repetitive strain injuries.7
- Valachi B, Valachi K. Mechanisms leading to musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry. Journal of the American Dental Association. 2003;134(10):1344-1350
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among physical therapists: A comprehensive narrative review. Milhem M, Kalichman L, Ezra D, Alperovitch-Najenson D. Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2016;29(5):735-747.
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among physical therapists: an online survey. Vieira ER, Svoboda S, Belniak A, Brunt D, Rose-St Prix C, Roberts L, da Costa BR. Disabil Rehabil. 2016;38(6):552-7.
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among physical therapists: A systematic review. Vieira ER, Schneider P, Guidera C, Gadotti IC, Brunt D. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 2016 Aug 10;29(3):417-28.
- “APTA Joins Initiative to Develop National Safe Patient Handling Standards” PT in Motion News. August 29, 2012.
- APTA Learning Center, Safe Patient Handling and Movement: Guidance for Health Care Workers
- Annotated bibliography of selected scientific studies involving the Alexander Technique published in peer-reviewed scientific journals