Injury Prevention

The Flexion Connection

August 1, 2014 by

Coaching dancers with poor spinal flexion
As a young competition dancer, Lauren Saglimbene struggled with spinal flexion, or the curving of the spine that contracts the front of the body and elongates the back. “My modern … Continue reading

Roll Out

May 1, 2014 by

Be your own masseuse. 

After a long day of class and rehearsal, a dancer’s body craves a little TLC. Massage has been proven to increase circulation, unravel muscle knots, gently loosen tight fascia and create an … Continue reading

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