Dance & Chiropractic
Dance is an art form based on proper body alignment to perform beautiful feats of agility and strength. Chiropractic is a healthcare system based on proper body alignment to promote optimal health and body performance.
Chiropractors are specifically trained and educated in applying biomechanical treatments that will effect the body's neurology to improve a dancer’s abilities.
The rigors of dance cause alterations in joint alignments, whether the joint is in your foot or in your spine. These alterations prevent proper joint motion and may cause injury and muscle tightness.
Joint alterations will also effect a dancer’s ability to create the proper lines of technique and over time, if left untreated, will lead to undesirable dance habits.
It is important for a dancer to find a chiropractor who specializes in Dance Injury. Dancers need more than adjustments; they need a doctor who fully understands how to treat dance injuries and most importantly how to properly return dancers back to dance (as soon as possible).
In addition to returning the dancer to the stage, the chiropractor must correct alterations in the dancer’s techniques to prevent future re-injuries.
When dancing with pain, dancers' bodies will automatically alter their lines to avoid the pain. The longer this continues, the more the altered lines are neurologically ingrained and incorrectly assumed as dancers' normal lines of techniques. Improper dance lines will lead to further injuries. In fact, most dance injuries stem from altered dance lines.
Dance Specific Rehabilitation
If a dancer’s lines of technique have been altered, it is imperative for the dancer to be treated with Dance Specific Rehabilitation. Dance Specific Rehabilitation should not be based in strength training as strength training will cause unnecessary overuse, fatigue and lead to more injuries.
Dance Specific Rehabilitation involves advance neuromuscular control training and movement training to reconnect the dancer’s body with the lost lines of techniques.
Dr. Giangiulio's years of experience have lead to the creation of the four Dance Specific Rehabilitation Programs that reconnect the dancer with the foundations of dance. If a dancer has problems in any one of these four areas, the dancer will have altered lines and a high chance of injury.