Dance, Dance, Dance! It’s Good for You.

Whether you shut the door and close the blinds to move to the beat of your favorite tunes, participate in a formal dance class, or simply “get jiggy” with your kids, dance is good for the mind and body.The beneficial effects of dance are largely universal for everyone. Children more freely express themselves through music and movement. Adults can ease mental tension simply by bopping to the beat.

Dance has been the subject of research on its general health effects, as well as its therapeutic effects for people living with cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, mental illness, autistic and learning spectrum disorders, and many other health conditions. Consider some of the benefits of dance:

• Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
• Builds strength and agility
• Improves mental health status in patients with various psychological conditions
• Reduces stress
• Improves mood
• Improves joint range of movement and muscle flexibility
• Enhances body esteem

Whether for toddlers, teens or older adults, many fitness programs have evolved from various forms of dance, including Zumba and Barre classes. Similarly, forms of dance have become fitness pursuits in their own right such as hip hop, country line dancing, and stepping. Whatever kind of music helps you get your groove on, get on up and dance!

If you are finding dancing or exercise is causing you pain or discomfort, you may benefit from a visit with an acupuncturist, massage therapist or physical therapist. We would love to make some recommendations or get you set up for a FREE 15-minute consultation with one of our clinicians to see how they can help you get some spring back into your dance step! Give us a call at (360)570-0401.

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Tortora, Suzi. “Children Are Born to Dance! Pediatric Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: The View from Integrative Pediatric Oncology.” Children (Basel, Switzerland) vol. 6,1 14. 21 Jan. 2019, doi:10.3390/children6010014

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