The importance of alignment
If you have any pain or aches in your ankles, knees, or lower back, it’s probably related to your alignment. Our bodies are built to move a specific way. When we have muscle imbalances, injuries, or tightness, our bodies compensate in all of our daily movements, promoting soreness, stiffness, and bad alignment. We become prone to acute and long-term injury when our bones do not line up properly (ESPECIALLY doing aerials and high impact dancing during an event). First, we need to build awareness of how our bodies are currently moving, then promote good alignment and retrain our neural pathways to move with good technique through specific exercises.
Stand up straight in front of a mirror with your feet in parallel, about 6-8 inches apart. Bend your knees and notice if your knees fall directly in front of your ankles or if they bend inward or outward. They should be bending directly over and the muscles in front of the ankles should be relaxed. Next, turn your body sideways (perpendicular to the mirror). Notice the alignment of your shoulders, hips, knees, and heels. If you have good posture, these should be in one line.
Proprioception and better balance
Pronation and supination
Strengthen your feet
Anti-inflammatory diet and supplements
I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist. Please use these tips at your discretion. These are some tools and guidelines to begin your journey of feeling like the best version of yourself. I urge everyone to get more in touch with their own body not only to prevent injuries but to also unlock the potential we all hold inside of ourselves.
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Originally posted on DanAndLainey.com on 3/24/2015