DPT Fit’s Care Process
We have a unique “Total Fitness” approach to your care and progress, it’s in our name afterall! We strive to keep you performing and moving forward no matter where you start your journey with us. See the different steps to the right.
Dancers are some of the hardest working and most dedicated athletes out there. Many are dancing through pain without complaints, being taught outdated methods of overstretching, still doing mostly crunches for their core, being told to “turn off” muscles, & not prioritizing injury prevention.
We want to change that! Companies across the world are finally starting to include strengthening and rehab within their programs, most notably, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, & American Ballet Theater. We can bring this level of care to you and your companies. Once you do, you won’t want to do it any other way!
1. Rehab & Recovery
Most clients start here. No matter how many practitioners you’ve seen before, we specialize in rehabbing what others could not.
Physical Therapists are typically the best providers to see when you have pain associated with movement, muscles, joints, etc. If this sounds like you, you should start your care with us. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, you do not need to see anyone else before our appointment either, decreasing your number of visits and referrals needed.
We will provide specific guidance on how to modify your current participation in class/rehearsal, movements to avoid and which to prioritize, hands on joint mobilizations, therapeutic massage, taping, and exercise prescription to fit your needs. You will get access to all our materials via our apps so forget toting around stacks of paper. Our goal is to keep you doing as much as possible & prevent future injuries.
2. Cross Training
Cross Training – the practice of engaging in multiple types of exercise in order to improve fitness/performance in one’s main sport.
Professional swimmers spend about 1 hour on dry land for every 4 hours in the water. This isn’t uncommon for professional sports like Basketball, Soccer, etc. either. Why? Because doing the same complex movements over and over leads to overuse injury and limits improvement. You need to be able to break down the complex tasks into their simpler components to master those.
We work with schools, locally and throughout the nation, in adding cross training programs for performance/injury prevention into your in studio and at home routines. We also work with individual dancers, designing individual programs to meet their current goals & time frame.
3. Performance & Skill Acquisition
Have you achieved a full split but can’t achieve it during jumps? Do you have difficulty maintaining balance or leg height with developes? Do you have trouble with your turn out in pirouettes? Do you want higher jumps?
These are things we work on regularly. Whether you’re an instructor, student, or professional, we will teach you new & creative ways to achieve your goals.
Throughout your dance career you will constantly be challenged to learn and progress in what your body is capable of, including splits, pointe, fouettés, petit allegro, and much more. While learning mastering these skills you may find numerous times your progress stalls. We are here to quickly get to the bottom of what is limiting to ensure you don’t waste time or energy. We can assess which muscles or joints may really be the problem, whether they need a bit more strength and stability, improved mobility, or if you simply to adjust your positioning.
Besides learning, teaching is our next greatest passion. We want to help teach you, the dancer, the things that will prolong your time dancing without pain; teaching you the many options you have to keep the body that makes you happy and the activities outside of dance that can facilitate dancing.
We also want to encourage advancement in how dance schools/studios are able to provide care for their students. We want to show you the options beyond crunches & ankle weights to strengthen your dancers. We want to give you access to excellent healthcare, better conditioning programs, and advanced workshops to set your studio apart and continue cultivating the best dancers you can!