Cryotherapy for Dancers: No dancer wants to miss a performance!

ballet dancerMore than 80% of dancer injuries are related to overuse especially in classical ballet. Another study of modern dancers showed that 82% suffered 1-7 injuries with the most common being foot, ankle, knee and lower back.

Always try to prevent injury but that is not always possible. The risk of injury is always there especially for professionals or serious amateurs. When injuries do occur, cryotherapy can work hand in hand with physical therapy to help speed up the recovery process so activity can return faster.

We have always known the advantage of icing an injury. Think of the Cryo Chamber as a giant ice pack working on the whole body. Localized Cryo has all the benefits of whole body cryo without stepping in the chamber and targets the specific area of the injury.

For dancers, a majority of the injuries occur in the lower body – foot and ankle, knee, hip, even stress fractures but lower back and upper extremities are not uncommon.

Foot and ankle injuries – Achilles tendinitis, trigger toe, ankle impingement

Knee Injuries – Dancers experience a lower incidence of ACL injuries, mainly from learning to jump at a young age which increases the control in the muscles surrounding the knee joint. However, patellofemoral pain syndrome affects many dancers because of overuse and hamstring and Achilles tendon tightness.

Hip Injuries – Techniques in dancing requires turnout of the hip joint which leads to injuries such as snapping hip syndrome, hip impingement, labral tears, hip flexor tendinitis, hip bursitis, and sacroiliac joint disfunction.

Stress fractures can also happen due to overuse over the course of a career. These usually occur in the lower body.

No dancer wants to be laid up because of an injury when performances are scheduled. Physical therapy with specific exercise helps for recovery and can help with future prevention. Cryotherapy can work with physical therapy to help accelerate the healing process. By reducing the inflammation, pain and swelling can be reduced. In addition, cryotherapy can:

  • Slow down cellular metabolism
  • Bring fresh blood and nutrients to promote healing
  • Help limit the formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Enable pain treatment with little or no medication
  • Prevent the buildup of excess fluid, or edema
  • Stimulate tissue repair for a faster recovery

Physical Therapy coupled with Cryotherapy for Dancers can help keep you performing. Remember with Cryotherapy, there is no down time. Keep Dancing.