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Neuro-musculoskeletal (NMSK) injuries:
Your job shouldn’t be a pain in the neck!

Canadian Dental Hygienists are commonly affected by work-related injuries, pain and discomfort. 24% of respondents in the CDHA 2011 job market & employment survey reported having an occupational injury or medical issue related to their work as a dental hygienist. Issues and injuries to the shoulder, back and neck are most prevalent. Posture, repetition and force exertion are common risk factors for neuro-musculoskeletal (NMSK) in the dental hygiene profession. The CDHA in conjunction with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) are providing a three-part webinar series to review common injuries in dental hygienists, discuss work-related and personal risk factors, as well as offer ergonomic modifications, exercises and other solutions in order to minimize your risk.

Participation in all 3 webinars is recommended, but is not a requirement.

Webinar I: What is neuro-musculoskeletal disorder? Am I at risk?

Originally presented: October 24, 2012
Member Pricing: FREE
Non-Member Pricing: $25.00 plus applicable taxes

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about the types of NMSK conditions that are common to dental hygienists
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms suggesting that you may be experiencing an injury
  • Determine your personal risk profile (body type, age, health history, etc.)

Webinar II: How can I protect myself from NMSKs?

Originally presented: November 14, 2012
Member Pricing: FREE
Non-Member Pricing: $25.00 plus applicable taxes

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the risk factors present in your work environment (posture, repetition, force, vibration)
  • Determine modifications to reduce your risk (i.e., ergonomic solutions, equipment and posture changes, scheduling and breaks)

Webinar III: NMSK fitness care routine

Originally presented:December 3, 2012
Member Pricing: FREE
Non-Member Pricing: $25.00 plus applicable taxes

Learning Outcomes

  • Determine modifications to reduce your risk (continued)
  • Identify an in-office stretching routine to reduce the pain and discomfort in common areas of the body affected by performing dental hygiene work, as well as a more comprehensive out-of-office fitness regimen


Presenter: Diane Grondin

Diane Grondin, DC, MHK

Diane is Assistant Professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and has been appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She has managed several research projects, authored papers, and delivered conference presentations related to occupational biomechanics. She is an accomplished ergonomic and chiropractic consultant and has acted as Director of Allied Health for a national independent assessment firm. She received her Masters degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. Dr. Grondin is experienced in liaising with a variety of stakeholders in the academic, corporate and clinical environments in order to study, assess, and educate clinicians on musculoskeletal health and ergonomics. She has been working closely with the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association in the design and implementation of this webinar series on musculoskeletal health for dental hygienists nationally.


Moderator: Ann Wright

Ann E. Wright, RDH, MBA

Ann graduated in dental hygiene from the University of Toronto in 1971. Throughout her career, she has held numerous positions in dental hygiene. These include working in both private and public health practice, as an examiner for the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario and as a clinical demonstrator in the dental hygiene program in Ottawa, at Algonquin College. She has held positions as regional manager, managing multiple dental offices for a large practice group and as practice management consultant and practice appraiser for a national brokerage firm. Ann completed an MBA in 1995 at the University of Ottawa. Ann is currently the director of dental hygiene practice at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

Moderator: Victoria Leck

Victoria Leck, RDH, MHM

Victoria has 20 years of experience as a dental hygienist, with 18 of those spent in public health. She has also been a faculty member at the Canadian Institute of Dental Hygiene. She is a graduate of the dental hygiene program at Canadore College and holds a bachelor of health administration from Ryerson University. She is currently enrolled in the masters of health management program at McMaster University.

Victoria has been actively involved in the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry, holding positions on the executive including member at large, secretary and president as well as co-chairing the health promotion and advocacy committee for several years. Victoria is currently the manager of professional development at the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association.

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