Dance and Performing Arts2023-02-23T12:09:58-06:00

Dance and Performing Arts

As any dancer, gymnast, cheerleader, and performing artist is well aware, training is a vigorous process with very little off-season. Because of the repetitive movements, any joint restrictions can lead to serious overuse injuries. Chiropractic can not only diagnose and treat current injuries, help keep proper mobility and function while you train to prevent injuries.

Common Dance Injuries We Treat

Best treatments for Dancers

  • Chiropractic Spinal adjustments – used to get proper mobility and symmetry. Joints move muscles; keeping joint moving properly prevents stiffness and injury.
  • Extremity Adjustments – keeps full range of motions in the ankles, hips, shoulders, and wrists
  • Kinesiology Taping – used while training the joints and muscles to engage, prevents improper movement, and reduces pain and inflammation
  • Electrical Stimulation – reduces muscle pain, spasm, and inflamation
  • Spinalator Traction Rolling Table – improves spinal mobility
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization like graston and guasha – used for specific muscle spasm
  • Exercise and rehabilitation – re-trains the muscles to reduce compensation, education on cross-training
  • Hypervolt massage – relaxes the muscles
  • Cupping – used for specific muscle spasm
  • Acupuncture
    • Reduce Pain
    • Decrease inflammation
    • Speed healing
    • Reduce race anxiety
    • General wellness

Why Choose Clayton Chiropractic Center

We are well-recognized within the dance community having been the company chiropractor for Big Muddy  Dance Company, Ashleyliane Dance Company, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and Ballet 314. Our chiropractors have extensive training and experience treating dancers. We have additional degrees in sports and rehabilitation and utilize techniques outside of adjusting to give you results. We get referrals from many dance teachers and coaches, professional companies, massage therapists, chiropractors who do not specialize in dance, and physical therapists. We have given dance injuries presentations all over the St. Louis area helping thousands prevent injuries. Remember, we can get you in this week and can order x-rays, MRIs, write referrals to physical therapists.


St. Louis Adolescent Female Sports Medicine Initiative  for hosting this great event.

Dr. Rachel is all over town supporting dancers by teaching them about how to take care of their bodies while they train hard.

Topics depend on age group and

  • when to keep dancing and when to sit out and see a doctor
  • ice vs. heat
  • specific exercises
  • how to tape injuries
  • gearing up for dress rehearsals and shows
  • staying warm backstage
  • nutrition for dancers


  • Webster University Dance Department
  • Lindenwood
  • SLU Dance department
  • Washington University Dance classes
  • Dance Center of Kirkwood
  • COCA
  • Renee’s Dance Floor
  • Webster University Summer Intensive
  • Ashleyliane Dance Center
  • Big Muddy Dance Company
  • Downtown Dance Center Summer Intensive
  • Dance Art Dance Studio
  • and more

Thank you for continuing to let us support the amazing dance community of St. Louis!