What I’ve noticed with working with many dancers over the years is at times, ankle mobility, hip mobility or lumboplevic stability can negatively affect alignment during dance movement.

The plie is a fundamental movement not only in ballet but in all dance forms. It is the preparation for jumps, turns, acoustic sounds and all propulsion.

This is why regardless of the dancer’s main discipline, I assess plie.

Another common misconception is that turnout (external “outward” rotation of the hip joint) is generated equally by both hips.

This is not the case. The favoured gesture leg and vs supporting leg can present with contrasting mobility.

In this dancer, the right ilium has an anterior tilt due to tightness in the deep hip flexor (iliopsoas). What most forget is that the deep hip flexor is also an INTERNAL rotator of the hip. In other words, it opposes turnout.

During her dance conditioning session, we focused on the engagement of turnout from the deep external rotators of the hip joint using bands and tactile cues in addition to focusing on foot, spinal and pelvic alignment.

The result was level heels at the bottom of grand plie which improved a balanced turnout generation from not hips as well as stability from the lumboplevic area.

The awareness gained from this can continue to dance training in class and can prevent any injury from developing in the ankle, knee, hip or spine in the future.

Here is another example of dancer demonstrating similar alignment issues on the opposite side.

Being aware of these alignment issues can be overlooked in a class setting when the dance educator is responsible for a general overview of the movement. This is why private dance assessments and conditioning in conjunction with manual therapy by a knowledgeable practitioner is key to the success of a dancer with serious goals.

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If you are or have a dancer that would like to be assessed, book your appointment online.

Initial visits are typically longer because it is important to gather information about your symptoms to create a diagnosis.

History

The history is where you tell your story.

This is the part where you tell me where it hurts, when it started to hurt and what makes it worse.

Then, I will ask you to go deeper.

There are injuries and medical conditions in the past that can have an impact to today’s issue. For example, being an elite figure skater during childhood can create issues with the way you activate your core at the gym. We develop motor patterns that become subconscious and as adults, we don’t know how to adjust these patterns to different types of activities. This “go to” motor pattern, can cause injuries like hip and knee pain for example.

Car accidents

I know, it’s hard to recount past traumas, however even the smallest perceived trauma can have lasting effects. I’ve had patients in my office who downplayed past accidents where they lost consciousness, the car flipped over and the “jaws of life” were required to remove them from the scene. As they recounted the trauma, they said it was “no big deal” and that “no follow up treatment was required.”

Trauma gets stored in the body.

And so, as the holistic detective I gather information about your lifestyle, level of activity, quality of sleep and stress levels to get the whole picture.

Physical examination

In this phase, I do a postural assessment as well as a joint specific assessment in the areas that need to be assessed.

Chiropractors assess beyond the spine. I also assess shoulders, wrists, ankles and hips. Basically if it’s a joint or a muscle, I will assess it if it part of your symptoms.

Specificity and Big Picture

I also investigate kinetic chains. In this way, I don’t “spot search” or “spot treat”. I keep the biomechanics of the movement in mind.

The goal is to improve performance, therefore if you have knee pain, but we don’t address foot posture or the stability in your spine and pelvis, then we won’t get a full reason why your body is functioning the way it is.

Anatomy Lesson

After the assessment is complete, I will sit with you to discuss the findings and teach you a mini anatomy lesson so that you understand WHY and WHAT is happening.

When you are empowered to know what is going on, then you can make a positive change.

Report of Findings & Consent

A copy of the summary of findings will be emailed to you with a list of self-care action steps to support your treatment plan.

Treatment options like: Chiropractic, Medical Acupuncture, Myofascial Release, Kinesiotaping and Prescribed Exercise Rehabilitation will be offered.

Once you decide which tools you feel comfortable to heal your issue, then formal consent it taken.

Treatment

Then it’s healing time.

Treatment is always offered at your initial visit.

Exercise prescription

Every new patient will be prescribed a curated set of exercises and stretches that will support the healing of their condition via the Physitrack app. The app is free and you will get a complete video library through which you can track your pain levels and your attendance.

It’s all about accountability when you want transformation.

Well there you have it.

The initial visit is all about:

  1. Gathering information
  2. Assessing your body’s mobility, strength and neurological signs
  3. Empowering you with information
  4. Consent
  5. Treatment
  6. Tools for your successful transformation

Now over to you.

If you have a goal that you want to accomplish, comment below.

The Pilates Half Roll Back with a flexband helps to promote the opening of the Lumbar Spine in flexion and the activation of core musculature.

Chronic back pain is often caused by posture that is the result of weak abdominal strength which leads to an anterior tilted pelvis and arched low back.

If you sit most of the day, have tight hip flexors or just had a baby, this exercise below is very helpful to counter this postural effect.

Turn up the sound and try it out. Comment below and tell me what you think!

Realign. Strengthen. Live your Life.


Why functional training is good for you.

My philosophy is that optimal alignment in your body is important to developing proper movement patterns which will improve performance and avoid injury.

Chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, myofascial release techniques and Kinesiotaping methods are all strategies that I use to re-educate your body to undo  abnormal muscular imbalances, scar tissue and joint misalignments that have developed over time as a result of poor posture, inactivity and improper movement techniques.

One-on-one individualized programs teach your body how to progress to more sophisticated movement and is important to maintain the healthy alignment that is achieved through chiropractic care.

The multifunctional Tower Trainer™ can be used for Pilates, dance and traditional fitness training, facilitating hundreds of exercises, from simple to complex multi-planar movements – including the majority of the exercises done on a STOTT PILATES® Cadillac, along with full matwork repertoire. Portable and foldable, the Tower Trainer™ features a comfortable, cushioned mat surface with accessories including springs, straps, handles and bars that will add variety to any workout. Ideal for all fitness levels from professional athletes to active adults and for all body types and abilities.

Re-align. Strengthen. Live your Life.

Like Santa, we lift, stand for long periods of time and work around the clock.  During this holiday season, ask yourself this:

“Why am I so quick to invest in material things and not my own body?”

Being young and full of vitality takes work. A healthy lifestyle trumps depending on “good genes”. (oh yes it’s true)

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image taken from The Chiropractic Journal

See a chiropractor. Learn about your posture and alignment. Prevent unhealthy alignment and pain. Get on the right foot.

runner-stretchDid you know that your muscles adapt to the level of activity that you do? The heavier you lift, the bigger your muscles become.  Likewise, the more you stretch the longer your muscles become.

For example, when you sit for most of the day, your hip flexor muscles shorten. You may think that this is not be a big deal , but when you want to start to become physically active, you become more prone to injury because your body is not used to being lengthened, especially if the range of motion is ballistic (quick spurts).

To prevent injury, stretch once a day and hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds.