The Show must go on.  You’ve heard that saying, right?  Well it’s drummed into our brains very early on when we’re training.  Injured? Get over it.  Choreographers don’t care if your body is struggling.  They tell you to suck it up and push through the pain.  But how do you know when the pain your feeling could be serious? Even Career limiting? Osteopathy can make such a difference and can have an extremely effective response on your bodies needs as a dancer/performer.   From my experience having four and a half years of back pain, I was guided to see an osteopath. The results were amazing, having got 100% relief from the first treatment. It just made sense, treating the body as a whole, being proactive and managing my over posture and mobility was the key.

Here’s some pointers to help you make the right decisions, and ensure you’re taking care of your body. It’s pretty normal to feel tight and sore if you’re training at dance school every day.  The best way to reduce muscular soreness is to warm up, but more importantly – Cool down.  Stretching and foam rolling post activity will help remove some of the metabolic by-products, as well as getting fresh blood into your muscles. Foam roll the gluteals, hamstrings, quads and hip flexors – they tend to get tight because we’re getting those legs up in every Jazz class.

Dance injuries, WHEN IT HURTS TO DANCE: The show must go on, right?

Sprained Ankles are also common in the industry.  If you can’t weight bear though, stay off the ankle.  Sprained ankles tend to get sprained repeatedly, because the proprioceptors (the receptors that tell us where the limb is in space) aren’t functioning properly.  How can we improve those proprioceptors? 30 second single leg balance exercises.  Once that gets easy, try it with your eyes closed.



Dance injuries, WHEN IT HURTS TO DANCE: The show must go on, right?

So you can feel as fabulous as you look while doing what you love. So if you’re suffering from pain, but the show must go on, come in and let us help you get better.