Dr Anikó Ball (B.D.Sc.(Melb), Clin.Dip.Hyp., Adv. Dip. Alexander Studies) is the founder of Optimum Dental Posture and will be presenting at DHAA Symposium 2018 to share her extensive knowledge on workplace ergonomics.
Practising for over thirty years, Dr Anikó Ball suffered frequently from neck, back and shoulder pain. Doctors and physical therapists offered short-term symptom relief without identifying her condition as work related.
Fortunately the Alexander Technique helped her to recognise and change harmful work-postures; she learned about biomechanical design and got well. She undertook a 1,600-hour training course in Inner Ergonomics at the Melbourne Alexander School and founded “Optimum Dental Posture”.
Dr Ball’s mission is to reduce the incidence of occupational musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry and to send a message of hope to clinicians for recovery and prevention of chronic pain and discomfort.
She has collaborated in a pilot study, at the Melbourne Dental School, “Improving oral health students’ physical and mental wellbeing”, to show the benefits of Inner Ergonomics training. Her vision is to introduce this at undergraduate level as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of work related chronic pain.