Muscular imbalances and postural deviations are SO common in the dance world. Why? Dance involves a lot of repetitive movement with an emphasis on certain muscular groups, i.e. the deep 6 external hip rotators, hip flexors, and hamstrings. This means your dancers could be risking injury without proper stretching and technique!
Over time this causes certain muscles to elongate and others to shorten. And because muscles attach to bones via tendons, they are able to pull bones in certain directions. Often, the muscles that have shortened pull the bones away from a neutral joint position.
If the dancer’s “neutral” joint position is actually a deviation from neutral they will continue to return to that position when resting- this means anytime they are standing, sitting or dancing without consciously trying to correct their posture.
Why? Because the deviation has become their new “norm”. And the most efficient way to move away from their new “norm” and restore neutral, is to stretch.
SO, if being efficient is your thing, you’ll want to stretch to restore and strengthen to maintain!
But before we can get to fixing…it’s important to do some educating!
Let’s start with three VERY common postural deviations in the dance world:
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