The Key to Healing an Injury
Injuries are the one thing dancers never want to deal with, because let’s face it, they suck. When you experience one, more often than not your mind is focused on how quickly you can get back to dancing. In previous posts, we’ve talked about the importance of rest and recovery. However, what’s the first thing you do when you have an injury? Most dancers I know try to alleviate the symptoms as quickly as possible. While this is a part of the recovery, the problem comes when we spend more time focused on putting band aids on the symptoms instead of addressing the root cause of the injury.
You may be wondering why getting to the root cause of an injury is so important. If you only address the symptoms you are likely to re-injure yourself or never heal the injury fully. Additionally, if you never address the root cause, you may find yourself susceptible to more injuries as a result of unaddressed imbalances in the body. A slew of injuries could mean that your dance career ends a lot sooner than you’d like it too. I experienced this first hand.
Back in the day, Advil used to be a staple in my dance bag. I used to pop 2 pills an hour before class and sometimes 2 more about an hour after class. I was dealing with chronic migraines at the time and felt that my dancing was too important to let a headache get in the way. I just didn’t want to deal with it so I simply placed a band aid over the symptoms to get me through my classes and performances. It was only years later that I found out those migraines were trying to tell me that my body was chronically inflamed and was slowly deteriorating my health. Ultimately, this was one of many health issues that caused me to cut my professional dance career short. It wasn’t until I finally got to the root of my problems that I was able to start dancing again and living a pain free life.
So how do you know if you are just masking symptoms or actually finding the root cause of your injury? If you answer yes to the following questions, you may not have uncovered the root cause of your injury.
- Do you need to take a pain reliever to make it through dance class on a daily basis?
- Has your injury affected your dancing for more than 3 months?
- Are you in pain more often than not?
- Have you experienced more injuries since your initial injury?
It’s important that you work closely with a team of medical experts, physical therapists and other health professionals to uncover what the root cause of your injury is and work to heal it. The more you focus on curing the problem, the sooner you’ll be back dancing stronger than ever.