Discover How To Heal Your Dance Injuries

Dancers are unique, combining artistry and tremendous athletic skills. As a result, many of the musculoskeletal injuries sustained by dancers are unique. Recognition and subsequent management of these injuries therefore requires a special set of clinical skills, often different from those used to treat other athletic populations.

Many factors contribute to the development of dance injuries, in addition to the physical demands of the art. Poor nutrition,stress and anxiety, and inadequate dance floor surfaces and footwear are all important factors contributing to the health of a dancer. Furthermore, injuries are often underreported as many dancers tend to "work through" their pain.

As a Muscle Activation Technique Specialist, I focus on evaluating and treating muscular imbalances. MAT has taken basic components of physiology and biomechanics and transferred them into a systematic approach for evaluating and treating the biomechanical relationships relating to chronic pain or injury.

The evaluation consists of a 2-step checks and balances procedure. The first step is a joint specific range of motion exam. The second step based on the range of motion is evaluating the strength of the muscles in their shortened range, looking to identify positions of instability.

In the MAT treatment protocol, the goal is to "jump-start" the muscle that demonstrates weakness. Once a position of weakness has been identified, corrective isometrics are performed with the muscle in its shortened position.

In future articles I will address resistance exercise, understanding the forces placed on the joints.I will also give tips to understanding how our thoughts affect the way our body looks, moves, feels and operates.

Recommended by Corky Ballas....Tony Meredith....Tony Dovoloni......Prima Ballerina Susan Jaffe.....and Louis Van Amstel

Angel Tortoriello-Umbach
Muscles In Balance LLC
Certified Muscle Activation Specialist
Certified Fitness Consultant
609 439-1861