Ballroom Dance > Dance floor injuries that made you stop dancing for a while

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by DanceMentor, May 4, 2012.

  1. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    A related question - after the injury has healed, how do you get back things like range of motion, and similar? I dislocated a rib a few months ago, and even though my chiropractor fixed it, and it is back to normal, my body developed a habit of being careful with that side, and I think it shows up in my dancing (i.e. I would subconsciously hold back when I need to stretch that side). How do you let go of that sort of thing?
  2. gracie

    gracie Active Member

    Stress fracture right foot 2 years ago when practicing Int. Standard. Had to wear a boot for 4 weeks so just went in and watched videos with Pro. Has healed:D
  3. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Hi tanya! Not quite sure what the prescribed method would be to rehab full range of motion back, but it's SMART to be concerned about getting it back.

    I had multiple injuries that I developed compensating patterns for (most of us do throughout our life times), and it has caused a whole host of other issues and pain, especially since we use our bodies as dancers past the "norm".

    For me, I have worked with a body works specialist who knows about the body structure and the correct alignment, weight bearing of the body and musculature usage. After correcting the initial problem, it's been a matter of correcting the compensatory forces in the body and developing trust in the area through conscious use and slow re-introduction.

    Best of luck!
  4. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Hi Tanya, your the lucky duck at Ohio who did NOT see me walking around with a cane, lol. How do you let go? You have to know that it can "be fixed" and it's not a terrible thing. Yes, ribs hurts, no one likes to have that kind of thing happen/ dislocation or otherwise. My ribs, tend to do that frequently from the stresses of snow ski instruction on the slopes. I found, that the Physical Therapy I did after OSB, really helped, light weight circuit training, to strengthen certain elements of my body. I believe we are naturally "careful" so as not to invite yet another recurrence of the same injury and until our brain trusts our body - careful is as careful does. It does take time.

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