Fascial Stretch Therapy And Dancers
Why Dancers Need Fascial Stretch Therapy?
Growing up a dancer, I have come across many injuries and chronic pain over the years. I went to doctors, physical therapy, you name it nothing seemed to help. At the end of my rope, I stumbled across Fascial Stretch Therapy and had an amazing outcome from it, to the point I was determined to learn everything I could to help my fellow dancers!
I sought out the best in FST research and training and am now a certified Fascial Stretch Practitioner. This stretch therapy enhances flexibility; improves posture; can relieve chronic pain; aides in a better night’s sleep; boosts muscle activation; decreases stress and leaves your body feeling healthy.
What are the main injuries I see in dance?
Hips, ankles and knees for sure. I personally do not see very many acute injuries in dance (where you fall and hurt yourself suddenly) but chronic injuries are rampant, especially if you dance for a long time.
Dancer’s injuries accumulate over their career. Dancers are typically over trained and hypermobile, and do not have a balanced strength to flexibility ratio. This causes problems over time.
The excessive use of external rotation of the legs in ballet training can be a recipe for disaster over time if the pelvis is not properly aligned and the surrounding muscles are not supportive enough.
Also, the repetitive nature of dance training can cause certain parts of the body (mostly hips, knees ankles/feet) to wear down and cause complicated, sometimes unexplainable pain.