Dancers

From ballet to break dancing, the hallmarks of a good dancer’s performance are the same:
grace, fluidity and mobility.

For dancers the correct alignment of the body’s structure directly impacts the quality of their performance, lifespan of their career and overall wellbeing as a performing artist.

Practicing movements and patterns time after time can lead to repetitive strains, which can affect the dancer’s ability to execute and focus on technique.

Proper Alignment means

better performance

Dr. J has extensive experience in treating young dancers to professionals. Here she is in the treatment mezzanine for the Alberta Ballet Dance Company where she worked as their company chiropractor.

Growing up she was a competitive dancer, and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Dance at York University and Honours Kinesiology which is allowing her to pursue my passion of healthy movement and activity; for all populations including dancers

Dr Jacquelyn Nicholls
Dr J inspects a dancers foot
Dr J inspects a dancers calf
a dancer
Dr J's feet
ps these are my feet!

Ballistic movements and tumbles come with the territory and can take a toll on the body over time.

Many dancers simply accept aches and pains in their feet, ankles, knees, hip and back as part of the package of being a performing artist but this doesn’t have to be the case.

When pain or restricted mobility impairs the movement of the body the dance and the artistic expression suffers. Often dancers accept aches and pains in their feet, ankles, knees, hip and back as part of the package of being a performing artist but this doesn’t have to be the case.

It all comes down to mechanics

The body is made of moveable parts and subject to the stresses placed upon it. Over time, these stresses can present itself as stiffness, snapping, aching or restrictions to movement leading to poor form and inefficient mechanics. Many times dancers will push through the pain in the hopes that it will just resolve itself, but this can make it worse.

Injury Prevention

The muscles used while dancing need to be strong and flexible. Such strength and flexibility contributes to accuracy and precision, but even more so to increased endurance and injury prevention. The stronger your muscles and joints are, the longer they can withstand your desired routine. When muscles and joints are fatigued, they are more prone to injury if you continue the activity; the stronger they are, the less likely you’ll injure yourself while dancing the night away.

While most people associate chiropractic care with back pain, more and more dancers rely on chiropractors to not only treat problems that often arise from foot and ankle pain to knees, hips and neck pain; which will help dancers perform at their personal best. Chiropractic care deals with spinal joint movement, nervous system health, and body performance. All of these elements are directly related to your dance routine.

Chiropractic adjustments restore mobility to restricted joints as well as assessing the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) for undue tension leading to imbalances in the spine/pelvis and/ or legs.  Studies have shown that dancers with low thigh strength levels and hamstrings that were disproportionately weaker than the quadriceps had a greater degree of injury in the lower extremity. Maintaining hip and pelvic mobility is paramount to a dancer’s mobility.

Total Body Care

Chiropractic is often used by professional dancers for increased performance and total body care. You can read prima ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland’s remarks about the importance of chiropractic care as part of her routine.

A sitting dancer stretching in the grass

There’s no better way to take care of health than through something as joyous and beautiful as dance.

Patrick Swayze

References

            1. Scott Howitt. Chiropractic Takes Centre Stage: Treating overuse injuries in the world of dance. Canadian Chiropractor. Retrieved June 25, 2017, from http://www.canadianchiropractor.ca/content/view/1098/