Recurring neck pain? Back pain? Tiredness? Rigidity?
Many dancers suffer from this position, and it is even normal to observe this position in dance. From beginners to the most experienced dancers.
This condition, although many times considered part of the “aesthetics” of Tango, has a lot to do with “bad posture”.
Sometimes it is not enough just to get “straight”, and the causes of “bad posture” can be many:
- Poor posture at work
- A lot of time using the computer or cell phone
- A back with little flexibility
- Shortening in the anterior myofascial chains.
This type of bad posture forces the retraction of the neck.
In one way or another, dancers often resort to this position to close the hug, and even to establish more contact.
The truth is that the more tension we add to the cervical area; more tension we are projecting and radiating to the surrounding muscles in the direction of the arms, back and hips.
There are those who end their Milonga nights with a lot of pain. They even ignore the constant warnings of the body for the pleasure of dancing endless rounds.
Many dancers take comfort in the belief that a tight hug is all they need. But they do not think that the consequences of tension in the upper limbs end up affecting their partner as well.
This stance affects both leaders and followers alike.
How to avoid the pain caused by bad posture?
A group of solutions to avoid the pain caused by this bad posture in tango and everyday life would be:
- Take time to gently and steadily lengthen your neck in all directions for more than 30 seconds.
- Carry out Bioconfigurations © before going to the milonga and before rehearsals.Pay attention
- to how much self-medication we take to avoid pain, and consult with the doctor.
- Stretch the entire spine and not just the neck, before and after dancing. Remember that it is a physical activity and we can spend many hours in bad positions.
- Take into account that hydration is very necessary for the vertebral discs. They start the day hydrated, and as the evening passes by, these same discs lose hydration. The lack of hydration generates a greater effort to be able to be aligned and support the weight of the skull.
Remember at all times that the back is the global set where almost 80% of all body movements are born; and it is important to pay attention to the pains to enjoy your dance more.
Poor posture not only hurts our energy levels; but also, it deprives us of incorporating new and better habits when taking classes.
If we acquire new concepts to improve our technique, these can be acquired from a bad postural alignment, damaging the technique and its overall execution.
Postural alignment and postural awareness are and have been the research product of science for many, many years. And for that reason, we all agree, that we enjoy life and dance much more, without pain.