Dr. Dave: Chiropractic for Dancers

As the chiropractor to the Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound, I focus on extremity adjusting in addition to spinal adjustments.

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People often ask me, "What is an extremity adjustment?" Extremity refers to the arms and legs, so when it comes to extremity adjusting, we are talking about adjusting the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, ankles, knees, hips, in addition to ribs and even TMJ. The importance of chiropractic care to the spine can not be understated, but it is also very important to evaluate the extremities.

When two bones come together (whether in the spine or extremities) they form a joint or articulation. The joint is surrounded by soft tissue which includes muscles, ligaments and tendons. When the bones become misaligned, stress is placed on the surrounding soft tissue. This can lead to weakness, fatigue and eventually injury and pain. By adjusting these joints and properly aligning them, the soft tissue becomes stronger and functions properly.

My proactive approach to care for dancers includes testing to identify weakened muscles and misaligned joints. I often detect problems before pain and injury occur. Extremity adjustments allow athletes to perform at a higher level and help to avoid injuries.

It is easy to see how important extremity adjustments are for high-level athletes like the Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound, their careers are dependent on their bodies performing at their best. What about you?  Whether you are a beginner dancer who is learning how to push your body to the next level, or a seasoned veteran  who is practicing for your next big production, extremity adjustments can make all the difference in the world. Here's what some of the professional dancers I have worked with have to say about how chiropractic helps them:

“Chiropractic helps to align and stabilize our bodies so we can perform better, and helps ensure a healthy future as dancers.” -- Alexei Tyukov, Principal, Colorado Ballet

"Chiropractic helps me as a ballet dancer because it keeps all of my joints and bones in line, and the work I do constantly challenges that--it challenges the alignment of my spine as well as the joints in my limbs. Chiropractic helps bring everything back to neutral so I can perform more fluidly and efficiently without pain." -- Sharon Wehner, Principal, Colorado Ballet

"Chiropractic care helps to alleviate those pains so you can focus on your job and your artistry and not have to worry as much about hurting yourself."  -- Brandon Freeman, Professional Dancer-Artist, Wonderbound

In addition to improving performance, ongoing chiropractic therapy offers several health and wellness benefits. These include:

  • Improve strength and flexibility

  • Improved posture

  • Increased range of motion

  • Improved immune system

  • Better focus and concentration

  • Reduction of migraines or severe headaches

  • Reduced risk of injury

  • Increased blood and oxygen flow throughout the body

  • Improved recovery rates after a sports injury

  • Reduction of pain

If you are a dancer and would like to learn more about how chiropractic can help you, stop in and talk to me--I love working with dancers of all levels and would be happy to tell you more.