This May, the circus comes to town! Not just any circus, but the largest theatrical production in the world, Cirque du Soleil. Cirque describes themselves as a, “…dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment,” though as well all know, this is a drastic understatement. Cirque du Soleil is superhuman when it comes to acrobatics, and we’ve all sat there with our mouths open thinking, “How do they do it?” or “How are they not hurt?”
The answer, of course, to the second question, is that they may be hurt or rehabilitating an injury. Cirque du Soleil, in fact, has physical therapists on staff for this reason. There is even a physical therapist dressed in all black watching the show, waiting to see if an injury occurs. If need be, they are prepared to run on stage as a first responder. In addition to treating performers during the show, the physical therapists are there during the day for physical therapy treatments of prior injuries. Physical therapists for Cirque du Soleil also ensure performers are properly conditioned for the demanding acts that they must perform night after night.
Cirque du Soleil performers are elite athletes with prestigious and even Olympic backgrounds, many of whom have a lengthy list of prior injuries and surgeries that the physical therapist must take into consideration while treating them. They must also consider their extreme strength, flexibility, and unique physical demands. Though most of us are not elite performers or acrobats, you can still ensure that you seek medical attention like Cirque performers would--immediately after injury.
Cirque performers have to take care of their bodies otherwise their career would be drastically shortened. It is also important for you to take care of your body, especially if you want to stay active throughout your life. If you don’t take care of your body, your active lifestyle will be cut short as well. If you have suffered an injury, contact Castle Pines Physical Therapy at 303-805-5156 to make an appointment with one of our dedicated physical therapists today. Seek medical help from a professional right after your incur an injury and treat your body well. It’s the only one you’ve got!