Dental practice demands high precision and is often performed with the arms unsupported and abducted away from the body. The neck is flexed forward and rotated for long periods of time. This creates high static loads leading to muscle tension in the neck, upper back, and shoulders.
Dental practitioners using traditional seating have a tendency to bend forward from the waist rather than from the hips. The result is stress on the spinal discs and the surrounding soft tissues of the spine. Sitting badly and bending and stretching over patients while using precise hand movements contributes to pain in the low back, arm and hands, as well as headaches.