By Annalee Appledorn, PT, DPT, OC
Performing Arts Physical Therapy is a subspecialty of orthopedic physical therapy with a specific focus on the performance needs of dancers, figure skaters, gymnasts and musicians. Proper treatment requires both general assessment of ROM, strength, flexibility and alignment as well as thorough analysis of the patient’s painful movement patterns specific to their art. Manual therapy is important to relieve muscle tightness and restore proper alignment, while exercises are specifically designed with the demands of their art in mind, much like athletes’ exercises are designed to be sport-specific.
As a physical therapist who has danced her entire life, this is an area of specific interest to myself. I have attended a dance medicine course through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in NYC as well as trained in mat Pilates. Probility is also lucky to have Robyn Meyers, ATC on staff at State Street. who is an accomplished gymnastics coach with experience in Division 1 athletics as well experience working with dancers. Others in the company with a dance background include Michelle Reinink, PT and Colleen Schwartz, PTA at our Clark Rd. location. Leslie Bush, a PT tech in our State St. and Westgate locations, holds a Bachelor’s degree in modern dance and kinesiology.
At Probility Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves on a thorough analysis of your musculoskeletal alignment as well as designing an exercise program specific to your desired activities. Whether you are a dancer, musician, skater or gymnast, if you are experiencing pain, ROM or strength loss that is affecting your ability to perform at your peak, please call us for an initial evaluation.
By Annalee Appledorn, PT, DPT, OC Performing Arts Physical Therapy is a subspecialty of orthopedic physical therapy with a specific focus on the performance needs of dancers, figure skaters, gymnasts and musicians. Proper treatment requires both general assessment of ROM, strength, flexibility and alignment as well as thorough analysis of the patient’s painful movement patterns specific to their art. Manual therapy is important to relieve muscle tightness and restore proper alignment, while exercises are specifically...read more
By: Nichole Chakur, Student Physical Therapist Traditionally when people think of physical therapy, they think of treatments for joint and muscle injuries, but people can also have nerve injuries as well. Common nerve injuries include nerve entrapment in the arms and legs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or sciatica; or nerve root impingement potentially from a herniated disc in the spine. A rapid stretch to the nerve can also happen with a sports injury or motor vehicle accident. Symptoms of a nerve injury...read more
By Dan Phelps, PT, DPT Working on your balance probably isn’t at the top of your work out “to do” list. Balance training often gets overlooked until we get older and by that time progress is often slower. The benefits for improved balance range from a reduced risk of injury, improving athletic performance, reducing fall risk, and even potentially increasing one’s life span. Here are just a few reasons to work on improving your balance, and some suggestions on how to get started Balance for Injury Prevention Improving your balance...read more
By Annalee Appledorn, PT, DPT, OCS One type of exercise that I commonly suggest as a possible home program for my patients is Pilates. The most common type of classes are mat classes, which are done on thick yoga-type mats with minimal to no equipment. Although I believe anyone could benefit from its focus on core and gluteal strengthening, posture and breathing, the clients that I feel it could be most beneficial for are those with low back pain, anterior hip pain or gluteal weakness. That being said, there are a lot of classes out...read more
By Annalee Appledorn, PT, DPT, OCS So, you have been having this [insert body part here] pain. It comes, it goes… maybe you don’t even know what started the problem. And you’re wondering–is this something that physical therapy could address? As physical therapists, we have all heard patient stories similar to this, often from family members or friends that need a little guidance on what to do next. In order to answer that question, there a few key areas we look at in the course of a physical therapy...read more
By Dan Pasiak, PT, MSPT, OMPT, CIMT What is Parkour? Parkour is an obstacle course method of training that was first promoted by French naval officer Georges Herbert prior to World War I. It was influenced by native peoples that he observed while on duty in Africa. He thought that a more effective way to train would be to perform functional activities as occurred in a person’s environment. The training included climbing, running, jumping, balancing, throwing, swimming, self-defense, and quadruped movements. The training...read more
On Monday, April 22nd, Probility will be holding a runner’s clinic at their Saline location. The clinic will take place from 6:30pm- 8:00pm and therapists will address proper dynamic and static stretching techniques as we as offer injury, shoe and treadmill assessments. This clinic is completely FREE and open to all. Please note that if you are under the age of 18, you MUST have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver before an assessment can be given. The waiver can be downloaded here. Questions or comments? Call...read more
By Adam Naab, PT, DPT Physical Therapist Summer in Michigan is a great place to be! There are countless lakes, forests, and parks that practically require us to explore and enjoy them. Now that all the leaves have fallen off the trees, it can be hard to move indoor and get in all of the exercise you need to be able to stay in shape. Add to that all the football games and holiday food, finding some good winter activities is paramount to maintain health. For these reasons, I have made a list of relatively inexpensive exercise...read more
Check out the following article featuring two of Probility’s patients– Olympic Wrestler Jake Herbert and Grand Blanc Middle School Physical Education Teacher Kara Chiano! After meeting at Probility, Chiano invited Herbert to the middle school to inspire more than 100 students on the importance of goals and dedication. How awesome! http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2012/11/olympic_wrestler_jake_herbert.html Check out some photos from the speech below: Jake speaking with student Aric Besso, a visually impaired wrestler at Grand...read more
This coming Friday, October 5, 2012, is Saline High School’s Homecoming! To celebrate with the community, the Saline Clinic has continued the tradition of hosting our own Spirit Week leading to up the big game. The Saline clinic has the privilege of treating a lot of Saline’s athletes, coaches and students, so it is especially exciting for us to partake in this annual event! This year, the Saline Clinic chose to celebrate Homecoming with the following themes: Monday – Pajama Day Tuesday – Mismatch Day Wednesday – High School Alma...read more