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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 11  |  Page : 41-45

Yoga and professional burnout in dentistry

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Conservative and Endodontic, Faculty of Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Sawangi (Meghe), WARDHA - 442 004, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577 004, Karnataka, India

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Dentists encounter numerous sources of stress as soon as they start dental practice. Dentistry can be a stressful profession. Dentists encounter numerous sources of stress either from busy appointment schedule or personal problems. These effects of stress on dentists may lead to ''professional burnout syndrome". Professional burnout is normally attributed to an accumulation of significant occupational stress. In few dentists, these issues may significantly affect their physical health, mental health or both. This can led to clinical disorders such as burnout, anxiety and depression. These disorders may have certain negative effects on dentist's professional relationships, personal relationships, health and well-being. These hazards can be prevented and cured in most cases by doing yoga therapy. The sensible practice of yoga can massage the lymph system. Yoga in general, activates the flow of lymph throughout the body, promoting and speeding up the filtering process. Yoga relaxes the body and mind, by relaxing it heals.

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