Dance & Performance Art Medicine
Like many athletes, dancers and performing artists including musicians, actors/actresses, and acrobats often challenge and sometimes push their bodies to levels that put them at greater risk for injury. Performing artists rely upon their bodies to make their craft possible. Unfortunately, the stress and repetition of practicing and performing can take a toll on the body. But unlike the average athlete, dancers and performing artists are unable to wear bulky braces or too much tape – their body needs to reach an extreme range of motion, as well as maintain the strength of muscles and endurance. Our dance and performance art medicine was developed to support the physical demands of the dancer and performing artist by:
- Our approach to performing arts medicine is to provide an individualized evaluation, and design a rehabilitation program to help the musician, singer, dancer, and actor/actress return to full function. We treat all levels from students to professionals from Bethesda. We strive to help you achieve excellence in your profession and perform at an optimal level.
- Some techniques we may use include:
- Myofascial release, massage, joint and neural mobilization techniques
- Breathwork and meditation techniques
- Physical agent modalities for pain management including laser
- Instrumental technique evaluations with the development of strength, conditioning, and endurance training programs specific to your instrument
- Posture training with musical instruments
- Ergonomic lift training for musicians lifting heavy sound equipment and also for dancers/actors performing sustained or repetitive body lifts
- Posture and alignment in different dance and performing art positions
- Pacing schedules for the resumption of musical instrument practice after injury
- Providing home exercise and home management techniques to accommodate the artist, when on tour or traveling or when a heavy audition season limits attendance to regular physical therapy visits
Contact Graham Therapy and Fitness in Bethesda, MD today to learn more about our dance medicine and performing arts therapy and to request a one-on-one appointment and a full assessment. Our physical therapists are eager to help you with your rehabilitation.