How Chiropractic Helps Dancers: A Complete Guide

These days, most NFL teams hire a chiropractor for their players. Meanwhile, many MLB organizations have followed suit and various athletes have openly spoken about their work with chiropractors. Therefore, it’s clear to see that the value of chiropractic as a field is now being recognized by the sporting world. Today, we want to extend this because we’ve seen just how useful chiropractors can be for dancers too.

In case you’re unaware, chiropractors can be useful both during rehab after a dance injury and as a precautionary measure. Although chiropractors are normally reported as professionals who simply align the spine, there are a number of by-products to this. For example, there’s an aim to improve flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. 

When it comes to the spine and adjustments, there’s nobody better trained than a chiropractor and this is why more dancers are starting to choose professionals in this field. There are three main benefits to choosing a chiropractor;

1) Joint Function

Firstly, dancing is intense for the joints. Not only are the movements intense, they’re also repeated numerous times. Rather than living with the pain, chiropractors will aim to boost both flexibility and mobility in the joints. This way, you can keep going for longer (without the pain that normally comes the next day!).

As well as spinal manipulation and creating balance within the body, you’ll also be recommended exercises and stretches. This, paired with a good diet, will boost joint functionality.

2) Strength

As experienced professionals will tell you, dancers are incredibly strong. Sure, it requires coordination and fluid movements to the beat. However, we shouldn’t forget the strength required. Especially for dance disciplines that require lifts, this can put the body through lots of pressure if it isn’t prepared correctly.

If you want to hold the poses and really impress the instructor (or your dance partner!), it’s important to build muscle mass. How do you build muscle safely? This is something with which we can help at Carpe Diem Chiropractic. Over time, your body will not just cope but excel during even the most strenuous dance sessions.

3) Injury Prevention

For the third benefit of choosing chiropractic care as a dancer, you can prevent injuries from ravaging your career. Even if you don’t plan on entering competitions and winning medals, injuries could still dampen your experience if you don’t look after your body.

We aren’t necessarily talking about spinal manipulations; it could start with something simple like warming up before a dance a session. By loosening the joints and warming the muscles in the right way, you can enjoy dancing without feeling tight (and without risking injury, of course!).

As well as warming up, the experts here at Carpe Diem Chiropractic can provide advice on cooling down, stretching, and exercising safely. By doing this, muscle preparation is allowed, and the body can recover nicely between sessions. 

Carpe Diem Chiropractic For Dancers!

With these three benefits, you should now see how chiropractic helps dancers. Alongside improving joint function and strength, you can reduce the risk of injury too. Sadly, many dancers are forced to retire early because they don’t look after their bodies while dancing. Don’t make this same mistake, look after your body and it will look after you when times get rough. Since dancing is an intense sport, it requires assistance and we believe chiropractic to be a great solution.

If you want to learn more or ask one of our professionals a question or two, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can explain how the sessions work, discuss the type of dancing you enjoy, and how a tailored program could benefit you!

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