Dancing and Pain

There is a standing joke between us dancers, and that is we don’t have toes, we have bloody stumps where our toes once were! You see, when doing point work you’re putting a lot of pressure on to the toes and feet. This can result in quite a painful experience if you’re just starting out.

However, help is at hand, and this comes in the form of strong painkillers and anti inflammatory medication. Both of these work by alleviating the pain and any swelling. These powerful medicines come in pill form and gel form. So you can choose the best one for you to take. Taking care of your feet is important, and it’s advisable you get regular pedicures to help keep your feet and toes in top condition.

There is also the leg and arm work that goes into it, and when doing lifts it’s like lifting weights, and as such, the muscles and working and produce lactic acid which breaks down the muscle and rebuilds it to be stronger. This can also be a painful experience, though a nice hot bath and a massage work wonders.

For when you’re in desperate pain, you can take most painkillers alongside anti inflammatory meds, but make sure to check with your doctor or pharmacy to be sure. It is also advisable that you shouldn’t take any pain relief when with child.

If you are a dancer, or are looking into doing it, always make sure you go to a reputable school as there are a lot of rogue tutors out there that do more harm than good, thus putting you at risk of damaging yourself.

That said there are plenty of good dance schools out there that will gently guide you through any of the disciplines you want to learn. I find Jazz is a good place to start. To avoid doing any damage to yourself, always warm up properly and stretch gently. If you find you’re getting cramp more often, drink plenty of tonic water as this replaces the lactic acid.

Be aware though it can take about 20 minutes to properly kick in. Also through the day, make sure you drink plenty of water and have at least 2 glasses of water before bed to prevent any cramping in the night. In the morning, try to start the day with a glass of water before your morning coffee, just to kick start your system.

Please do take a good look around the remainder of our website for we do have a large array of additional articles and guides that will enlighten you on how to deal with a great many different aches and pains quickly and in a cost effective way too.