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Physical Therapy blog articles by EW Motion Therapy

Katie Kimbrough

Licensed Physical Therapist, PT, DPT // EW Motion Therapy Trussville

Dance

By: Katie Kimbrough
June 14th, 2024

Choosing the right dance studio can be a pivotal decision, whether it's for you or your child. A dance studio is more than just a place to learn steps and routines; it’s a nurturing environment where passion for dance can flourish, discipline and creativity are cultivated, and lifelong friendships are formed. Dance can also be a fun, engaging exercise done recreationally. Whether you dream of a professional career or want to compete, physical therapy is essential to any dancer’s routine, improving performance and preventing injury. Our dance team at EW Motion Therapy can create a custom treatment plan for any dancer to work toward their goals and keep dancing for a lifetime. Whether you decide that our services fit your needs or not, you can still read on for some essential tips and resources to help you make an informed decision, including a list of studios in the greater Birmingham area to research.

Dance

By: Katie Kimbrough
April 27th, 2024

Dancing is not just an art; it's a highly physical activity that demands strength, flexibility, and endurance. Whether you are a ballet dancer, a hip-hop enthusiast, or a contemporary performer, stretching should be an integral part of your routine. We love helping our dancers at EW Motion Therapy incorporate stretches in their routine, and we tailor specific stretches for their type of dance and their goals. You may decide that our services don’t fit your needs, but you can still read this guide as we explore the best stretches for dancers, emphasizing why stretching is crucial and how it can vary based on the dancer's level and dance style.

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Dance

By: Katie Kimbrough
April 19th, 2024

Dance, in its many forms, transcends mere movement to embody expression, emotion, and storytelling. Among the many styles, ballet and contemporary dance stand out, each with unique flavor, techniques, and demands on its practitioners. We love working with ballet and contemporary dancers at EW Motion Therapy, addressing their unique needs and goals through sport-specific programming. Whether you decide that our physical therapy is right for you, you can still read on as we delve into ballet and contemporary dance, exploring the distinct training regimens, requisite skills, and approaches to enhancing performance and preventing injury in each discipline. Whether you're a dancer, an enthusiast, or simply curious, understanding these differences can deepen your appreciation for the art and athleticism of dance.

Dance | cost

By: Katie Kimbrough
March 1st, 2024

Dance classes offer a unique blend of physical activity, artistic expression, and social interaction. Whether you’re a beginner looking to take up a new hobby or an experienced dancer aiming to hone your skills, understanding the costs involved is essential to determine your budget. This guide aims to demystify the expenses associated with dance classes, including the average prices of equipment and how costs can vary between different types of dance. Physical therapy can often be an essential part of a dancer’s routine - we love helping our dancers at EW Motion Therapy ensure that their bodies can meet the demands of their sport. Even if you decide our services don’t fit your needs, this guide should help you feel educated and confident in making well-informed choices that best fit your budget and dance goals.

Dance

By: Katie Kimbrough
February 16th, 2024

Dance, an art form celebrated for its beauty and grace, often hides the rigorous physical demands it places on its practitioners. Dancers, from ballet to contemporary, are athletes in their own right, requiring a unique combination of strength, flexibility, and endurance. However, this demanding physicality can lead to various injuries. Our ultimate goal at EW Motion Therapy is to help all our athletes prevent injury and recover well so they can return to their sport. You may decide that our services don’t fit your needs, but you can still read on as we explore the most common injuries dancers face, their symptoms, risk factors, and delve into effective prevention strategies. We will also discuss the role of physical therapy in both prevention and recovery.

Dance

By: Katie Kimbrough
January 26th, 2024

Pointe dancing, a pinnacle of ballet technique, embodies grace and beauty. However, it demands immense strength, flexibility, and endurance, particularly from your feet. As a pointe dancer, understanding the importance of foot care is pivotal for your performance and long-term health. Neglecting this can lead to a myriad of foot problems, affecting not only your dance career but your overall well-being. At EW Motion Therapy, we understand how vital foot care is for all our dancers, especially our pointe ballet dancers. You may decide that our physical therapy doesn’t fit your needs. Still, in this comprehensive guide, we'll explore practical tips for foot care, the consequences of neglect, and how physical therapy can be a game-changer in managing and preventing foot-related issues.

Nutrition | Dance

By: Katie Kimbrough
November 11th, 2023

Dancing is not just an art; it's a highly physical activity that demands a lot from the body. To maintain peak performance and ensure that every pirouette and plié is as graceful as the last, dancers must pay careful attention to their nutrition. Our dance specialists at EW Motion Therapy can evaluate your movement and give tips on staying strong and improving your performance. Even if you decide not to do physical therapy with us, you can still review this comprehensive guide as we explore the best energy sources, hydration strategies, and diet dos and don'ts tailored to the dancer's lifestyle.

Physical Therapy | Dance

By: Katie Kimbrough
September 15th, 2023

Dance is a captivating form of self-expression where bodies gracefully glide, leap, and twirl through space. Dancers of all levels, from beginners to professionals, dedicate hours to perfecting their craft. However, the beauty of dance often conceals the physical demands it places on the body. To ensure the health and well-being of dancers, a harmonious collaboration between physical therapists and dance instructors is essential. We love working with our dancers at EW Motion Therapy to improve areas their instructors recommend. However, even if you decide that our physical therapy doesn’t fit your needs, you can still read on as we explore how these two professions unite to support dancers in pursuing artistry.