We at Kriz Physical Therapy talk about efficiency of movement and its impact on the reduction of pain, its ability to enhance or retard performance, whether in sports or other recreational or professional pursuits. In this case we will discuss the application to the improvement of a dance move. Dancers are prone to injury because of excessive stretching that, either because of the anatomical structure or lack of mobility or strength of another region of the body, can damage supporting structures in joints. [...]
One example is the oversplit commonly performed in dance and gymnastics. An oversplit is a split in which one or both of the dancer or gymnasts feet are placed on blocks or other objects to elevate then above the hips. If the anatomical orientation of the socket of the hip joint places the socket at an angle pointing more forward and down, this stretch can excessively stretch (actually tear) the joint capsule. Ultimately this leads to instability in the hip which may not be manifested for months or years after. In the case we are discussing now, the dance is placing herself in the "scale" position as pictured. She reported that she had more difficulty in assuming the position on her right side than the left and slight discomfort in her back when attempting to do so. After a thorough assessment, we discovered that her thoracic spine and rib cage were not able to rotate and that her rib cage was not able to collapse. Forced attempts of this position would place excessive stress on the spine and SI joints and possibly the hip. Over time this could lead to micro-trauma and possible instability. We performed the appropriate mobilization of the right thoracic spinal muscles and of the middle thoracic spine and of the rib cage. We finished with neuromuscular reeducation of the movement (essentially exercising into the new range of motion). At the conclusion of the treatment she was able to assume the position on each side with equal dexterity and with an absence of pain. This type of treatment and approach applies to those who find it difficult to perform simple tasks in the home or those involved in high level activities including dance and sports. These treatments are used not only to promote efficient movement but also to potentially prevent injury.
Author: Mike And Tiffany
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