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Study Suggests Significant Stress Reduction Using Ergo Loupes.

Haifa, Israel – Admetec , a leader in the design, development and manufacture of custom loupes and LED lamps for dentists, surgeons, veterinarians and their staff, is collaborating with an Italy-based dental professor in her study of the ergonomic significance of the company's Ergo series of magnifiers. Professor Maria Grazia Piancino , Associate Professor at the University of Turin-Italy, CIR Dental School, Department of Surgical Sciences, as well as a practicing orthodontist, has published extensive research on the functional control of the neuromuscular system, particularly cranial and jaw movements, and the mutual impact on the entire body.

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The idea for the study came when Professor Piancino, who is well versed in the correct posture for dentists, noticed a colleague wearing a pair of Admetec Ergo loupes. She suspected that the improved working position of the loupes could significantly reduce neuromuscular strain and recommended evaluating the physical benefits of the ergonomic loupes. Professor Piancino explains: β€œPeople are often unaware of the huge impact that balance and symmetrical muscle activation have on physical comfort – and by extension, mental focus and overall well-being. Dentists tend to work in asymmetrical positions for extended periods of time and place demands on their physiology that go against the biomechanical design of the body. Professor Piancino continues and discusses the gradual negative impact this could have on dentists.

β€œIn the short term, asymmetric muscle activation can cause pain and discomfort. In the long run, the result can be cumulative damage, such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) or musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Because the neurological and muscular systems are so closely linked, as has been clearly demonstrated by recent research, unbalanced overload not only negatively impacts the physical well-being of doctors, but also their ability to concentrate and do their best work. feed. Discovering that these common injuries could be preventable would be very important to dentists and other medical professionals. β€œ

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In preliminary research with both dental and postgraduate students, Professor Piancino compared the amount of stress on eight symmetrical back muscles when working with Admetec's Ergo loupes with conventional, through-the-lens (TTL) loupes. The use of the Ergo loupes illustrated a more symmetrical activation of the muscles, as well as a significant reduction in muscle peaks and reduction of stress in both the back and neck. Using the TTL loupes resulted in greater stress levels, with muscles being strongly activated asymmetrically and continuously, rather than with postural activity. In other words, these results indicate that the use of non-refractive TTL loupes forces the body to operate contrary to biomechanical design, leading to fatigue, pain, discomfort, difficulty maintaining mental focus, and ultimately cumulative trauma that can impact performance and career longevity.

Danny Katz , COO of Admetec: β€œWe were pleased when Professor Piancino chose to investigate the physical impact of using ergonomic loupes versus classic TTL loupes. It's one thing to get feedback from doctors about how they feel better with our Ergo loupes. It's another thing to have a scientific explanation that shows why they feel better."

Professor Piancino and Admetec have agreed to collaborate on further research into the health consequences of using standard TTL loupes versus ergo loupes.

Admetec's popular Ergo Loupes are customized to each individual wearer through a multi-factor process, offering an unparalleled combination of magnification potential and user comfort. The precision vision and exceptionally light weight of the Ergo range helps caregivers work more comfortably and effectively for longer periods of time, maximizing concentration by minimizing physical discomfort. The loupes are available in six different magnification levels: 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7.5x, and 10x magnification. The 10x magnification model is the world's only ergonomic loupe with such a high magnification level.

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