Every season, stars succumb to injuries on “Dancing with the Stars.” The latest victim is Mark Ballas, who revealed on Sunday that he suffered a lower back injury last week.
“While trying a lift, I compressed two discs in my lower back and could hardly move for two days,” Ballas said.
Now, fitness and pain expert Jill Miller (aka The Body Whisperer), has devised an injury prevention regimen for the celebrities participating in “Dancing with the Stars” … and those viewers inspired to follow in their footsteps. Dancing – whether it’s televised or not! – uses a very specific group of fascia (connective tissue) that can freeze up and cause injury if they’re not dealt with proper stretching and strength-building exercise.
Jill is a leader in the growing Self Care fitness movement, which involves self-administered therapeutic techniques to deal with everyday pain while staying fit. (Yes, we must exercise to stay in shape. No, we neither need to accept pain nor pops pills to deal with it!) Her technique focuses on the manipulation of “fascia” – the soft scaffolding of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves that, in effect, holds us together. “Fascia maintenance: promises to be one the hot health and fitness story for 2013.
She is the creator of Yoga Tune Up®, which boast 200 instructors worldwide, and she is an elite instructor at fitness chain Equinox for whom she has created a curriculum for “Self Care” pain management certification.
She has been featured in Self, Prevention, Redbook, Yoga Journal, Women’s Running, Fit Yoga and on The Today Show; the Los Angeles Times calls her “kinetically arresting.
Typical injuries dancers face: