At MOTI, we have a special love for dance and have developed a true expertise in treating dancers. We know first-hand that dancers are artistic beings who also push the human form to extraordinary feats of athleticism, who endure a rigorous training and performance schedule, and who usually have no “off season”. Our dance specialist physical therapists have personal backgrounds in dance and/or have undergone additional post-doctorate training to best understand how to treat the dancing body. MOTI’s dance medicine services span from injury prevention dance screens, to injury rehabilitation, to our groundbreaking dance conditioning program Sugarfoot Therapy.
Dance Physical Therapy
With a thorough understanding of the dancer’s biomechanics and physiology, we have extensive experience rehabilitating injuries that manifest as a result of overuse and/or inefficient dance technique, e.g. knee pain or pain and instability of the ankle. We also treat traumatic injuries that happen as a result of a one-time incidence, e.g. landing a jump and tearing an ACL or dislocating a shoulder during partnering work…
Sugarfoot Therapy is a conditioning program for Dancers based on the principals of functional biomechanics. The program is designed to help prevent common injuries caused by dance training and to encourage longevity in a dancer’s physically demanding career. This is a full-body workout appropriate for all dance/fitness levels, but specifically designed as cross training for advanced and professional-level dancers. Sugarfoot Therapy classes are held at MOTI every Tuesday from 12-1pm, and Saturday from 10:30-11:30.
Injury Prevention Screens
MOTI offers Injury Prevention Screens with our Dance Physical Therapists to help performing artists prevent serious injuries, better understand their movement patterns, and improve their self-care practices. MOTI provides this service for individual dancers; we have also partnered with dance education programs such as AMDA and Debbie Reynolds Scholarship Program to provide Screens for large groups of dancers.