Whether you dance competitively or just for fun, sadly and frustratingly injuries are commonplace in the studio. Regardless of your love, whether it’s ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, no discipline is immune.
When you dance, your body is put under an immense amount of controlled strain in order to develop the strength, control and endurance that is required. Like any athlete, when we are pushing our bodies, we increase the likelihood of developing an injury.
Some of the more common dance injuries I see as an Osteopath are minor soft tissue injuries to more serious presentations such as stress fractures and intra-articular (within the joint) injuries. All of which can be debilitating and stop you dancing. Some of the more specific complaints that I see are,
- Sever’s Disease is a common in adolescents with an increase in training or the transition to pointe shoes.
- Labral Tears are a intra-articular injury where there is damage to the hip capsule resulting often resulting from repetitive hip flexion and internal rotation or from performing an adage exercise.
- Stress fractures
- Muscle strains
- Ligament Sprains
Having 19 years of dance experience, I understand the demands dancers place on their bodies and the requirements of the body for a complete performance. Let me help you with these injuries so we can get you back in the studio performing at your best.