By Tara Cugelman-McMahon / Posted on July 7th, 2014
“The researchers separated the senior residents into two groups — one group that danced for 45 minutes up to two times a week and another group that did not receive any kind of dance therapy. On average, those in the dance group attended 21 out of 24 sessions.
Results showed that participants in the dance group were able to walk faster and reported less pain. In addition, residents in the dance group took 39% less pain medication while participants in the non-dance group took 21% more medication.”
Although this was a small study consisting of 34 participants, with an average age of 80, “the dance therapy sessions became a regular program after the study was finished.” They plan to continue researching the benefits of dance on the body’s joints.
Click here to read the published study, and don’t stop dancing!