Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stretch First To Keep On Dancing

Dancing can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to a lot of pain. The time spent in spirited swirling can cause a lot of impact in the neck that if you don't take a break, you are surely setting yourself up for muscle strain.

Without proper stretching, you can be prone to muscle pains in the shoulders and the neck area. Dancing with your arms held above shoulder level can lead to the cramping of rotator cuff tendons, a common problem among dancers known as impingement syndrome.

Dancing that requires repetitive arm motion can hurt your elbows and may lead to a type of tendonitis affecting the outer part of the elbow. This painful condition is known as lateral epicondylitis.

Another part of your body that is greatly affected by dancing is the hand. Any form of dancing that requires interaction with a partner's hand may cause the median nerve to get tweaked and can result to carpal tunnel syndrome. Lifting a heavy partner can put a toll on your back as well as your knees. So make sure you do proper stretching before doing a routine to avoid hurting yourself.

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