Injury Prevention

Get Friendly with Your Fascia

March 1, 2014 by

The key to your best dancing body is right under your skin.

Dancers understand the importance of flexibility and alignment. Most have established practices for limbering up and spend each class carefully correcting their body positioning, … Continue reading

Oh, Toenail Woes!

October 4, 2013 by

Prevent and treat common nail injuries.

Few problems are as painful and unsightly as a battered toenail. Sarah Chisholm, a dancer with Ballet Arizona, knows this well. She has suffered from chronic bruised and ingrown … Continue reading

Combating Cramps

August 30, 2013 by

Simple ways to prevent and relieve pesky muscle spasms.

Miami City Ballet corps de ballet dancer Christina Spigner has always suffered from foot cramps. But the problem was especially troublesome during the company’s 13-show run of … Continue reading

Shinsplints—or Stress Fracture?

August 1, 2013 by

Spot the differences between these easily confused injuries.

It’s news that Dr. David Weiss doesn’t like to give. Sometimes dancers see him thinking they have shinsplints, when they actually have a stress fracture, a more serious … Continue reading

On the Table

July 1, 2013 by

Is chiropractic a long-term solution or just a quick fix?

When Richmond Ballet dancer Cecile Tuzii was a student, she repeatedly injured the same ankle and couldn’t find a solution. A friend suggested she see a … Continue reading

Ice vs. Heat

May 31, 2013 by

Understanding which to use for injury

Heating pads, cold baths, ice packs. With all the options for treating injuries, it can be difficult to decide which will lead to the quickest recovery. You know that using … Continue reading