Physio for Dancers
Physio for Dancers by Amos
Being a dancer I have always suffered from all sorts of aches and pains, dancing can place an enormous strain throughout the whole body, as dance involves repetition of movement, which requires open chain movement of the lower limb. This challenges balance, control and the stability of the body. This is different from most sports that involve open chain movements of the upper body while the lower body is in continuous contact with the ground.
Dance requires high levels of dynamic control as, more often than not; one leg is off the floor as you perform a move. Therefore, if you are dancing without your full concentration, a fall or poor technique is far more likely. This will often be a predisposing factor to injury.
Injuries are often caused by high impact, repetitive stress and may be the results of years of overuse. A fall or a bad landing can also be a cause of injury. Within dance, the most common injuries affect the foot and ankle, knee, hip, or lower back. Injuries through overuse of the lower limbs are common due to the constant pounding from performing. Training on a hard surface or dancing without adequate warm-up is not recommended. The more stable your core, which can be improved through the use of Pilates, the less likely you are to suffer from pain in the hips and back.
Dancing with biomechanical dysfunction or muscle imbalances, including flat feet, tight calf muscles or with weak quadriceps, can develop a serious problem that can force you to break from routines, perform or even stop dance altogether, if not tackled properly.
At Therapy-First Physiotherapy, our physiotherapist will ensure that, as part of your rehabilitation, you are fully assessed for biomechanical alignment, muscle imbalance, hypermobility and areas of potential injury. We will advise a mat-based exercise program for you that will incorporate stretches, strengthening moves and core stability exercises to prevent further injury and enhance your dancing ability. We can also work with your dance teacher to advise a return to performing after the acute symptoms have subsided through effective treatment.
For further discussion on how we can help please contact Michal or Jaz … We are here to make sure that you hit that beat every step of your routine.