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Dancing around pain

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by Michelle Bibeau

Dance Injuries Interfere with your Love of Movement

If you are a dancer, you know the many hours of training and dedication it takes to master this art form. You train multiple hours in a week, pushing your body to the limits and why?  Because you love dance.

Dance is an expression of movement and enables you to stay strong, disciplined and athletic.  I have trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz & contemporary.  I also continue to have an active role in the Edmonton dance community.  My passion is fed through taking classes or helping coach the Edmonton Eskimos dance team.  As a result, I understand tDance and dance injurieshe time, strength and control it takes to make every move look effortless.

The argument used to be that dance was only an art form, but now all agree that dancers are artists + athletes.  Like any athlete, dancers are susceptible to injury and want to decrease the time that dance injuries affect their training.  Less injury time, more love for movement.

All Our Journeys Get a Bit Rocky

There are many types of injuries that affect dancers, with a few that seem to be very common in this sport.  You may have noticed knee pain that began with no rhyme or reason, possibly indicating a condition we call PFPS (Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome.).  Or an ache in the back of your heel, suggesting some form of Achilles tendinopathy that has developed from the numerous repetitions of relevés performed.  Possibly you have landed a jeté and experienced an exact incident where people say they “rolled their ankle”.  This is otherwise known as an ankle sprain.  I have suffered from multiple ankle sprains over my dance years.  Back in the day, I kept dancing through the pain, but quickly learned the need for specific sports therapy.

Quick & Complete Recovery is Much More Than Waiting

Physiotherapists can provide you with a plan to modify your training routine for the short term.  This will assist you in returning to your regular dancing routine quicker. We strive to maximize your recovery with dance specific strengthening and balance drills to prevent that ankle sprain or other injuries from reoccurring.  I will utilize my experience to ensure your rehabilitation program is unique to you.  The program needs to be unique to you and your dance specialty.  I like this summary article from Johns Hopkins school of medicine for an easy to read summary on the best practice for medical treatment of dance injuries.

So if you or any dancer you know becomes injured, remember that a physiotherapist can help.  I am here to help you through therapy so that you can put all your focus back to mastering that triple pirouette or arabesque!

Thanks for reading.





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