Let’s put it out there: chiropractic is more than just helping people with back pain. It’s beneficial for everyone as it can potentially help you to reduce pain as well as, if not better than medication!
This is why many dancers turn to chiropractors today to help them treat problems that arise so they can perform at their optimal best.
Fun fact: Misty Copeland, the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, goes to a chiropractor too!
Dance is a physically demanding sport that requires significant strength, stamina and flexibility in addition to having artistic flair. Training and performing multiple times a week places a lot of pressure on dancers’ bodies, which may result in repetitive strain injuries or sports injuries.
As chiropractic care looks after spinal joint movements, the health of the nervous system and body performance, it’s extremely beneficial for dancers, especially ballerinas of all levels. Here are three main reasons why:
1. Improve Performance and Joint Function
Dancing is intense on joints. For ballerinas, ballet injuries tend to happen in the lower extremity, meaning from the hips to the toes. When working with a chiropractor, they will aim to help dancers improve joint function in a few ways such as:
- Increasing flexibility and mobility in joints and muscles using assisted stretching
- Spinal adjustments
- These are like an alignment-check for your spine
- Restoring balance within the body and muscles from the spinal adjustments
- By recommending rehab exercises and stretches, to maintain or even build muscular balance and tone
2. Reduce Dance Injuries
Dancers may sometimes hide their injuries and push through the pain, or they may think that such aches and pains are normal. They’re not! And chiropractors can help with this.
Chiropractors don’t just work on bones and joints. They are extremely proficient in soft tissue and manual release techniques that will get you back to proper form in-between training and performances.
All of this helps to reduce injuries and subsequently, improve dancers’ balance and performance.
3. Build Strength That Helps Stamina
Tumbling, twirling, lifting. While all of these are graceful movements dancers do, they also require strength!
Dancing requires coordination and balance, which stem from strong muscles, joints and ligaments. Gaining muscle mass and improving overall strength will help with the stamina a dancer needs for continuous training.
Here’s where visiting Agape Chiropractic Clinic will help:
We have a rehab clinic with an expert in physical therapy and rehab on-hand, to guide you through all the necessary rehabilitative movements and exercises to build strength and stamina, increase muscle tone, and prevent injuries!
So are you a dancer? Then consider receiving the benefits of chiropractic care from a proper sports chiropractor in Singapore like us! With our expertise and friendly support, we’ll help you to improve the quality of your performance, the lifespan of your career, and your overall well-being.
Powering Your Child’s Brain with Movement
Years ago, researchers believed that the health benefits of exercise were limited to the body. However, recent research has indicated that regular physical activity and movement can benefit both the body and brain. We’re seeing that movement supplies the brain cells with oxygen, promotes the production of new cells, and aides in creating synapses (connections in the brain).
Why it Matters:
With many schools reducing physical education classes, and even more students moving towards e-learning, you want to be sure to encourage your child to exercise each day.
Movement triggers the release of many chemical substances in the brain that enhance brain function. In many ways, exercising each day is likely to make your child a better student, in many ways!
- Brain Function: Movement may protect your brain against degenerative changes.
- Stress Reduction: Exercise and movement have been shown to decrease stress and has an antidepressant effect.
- Memory: Regular exercise can help memory and thinking in both direct and indirect ways.
In the past, we may have considered exercise and physical education classes to be a distraction from learning. Now we have come to understand that movement and exercise play an integral role in learning and brain function.
Daily movement and exercise are healthy for both your child’s body and brain. If your child struggles to get enough exercise due to pain or postural issues, schedule an appointment with us today. Our posture and movement assessments are designed to identify abnormal patterns, and our care can help your child feel better so that they can stay active and become the best student possible!