The Dance Medicine Specialists Network

The Dance Medicine Specialists Network

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Any tips for posterior tibialis tendinitis? For years I was told it was my achilles, but it only ever hurts when I land from a single leg jump. When I mentioned to a pt friend that I have an extremely tender point on the inside of my calf she thought perhaps the doctor misdiagnosed as the symptoms didn’t fully fit and no improvement in years. She doesn’t have a background in dance though so I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have for those of us with a similar situation. Thanks!!

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12/27/2021

No matter how you celebrate, we hope it’s the best!

No matter how you celebrate, we hope it’s the best!

12/18/2021

Our clients say it best! Q4 survey results are in! Thanks for trusting us with your care and we look forward to helping more in 2022!!!

Our clients say it best! Q4 survey results are in! Thanks for trusting us with your care and we look forward to helping more in 2022!!!

Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 12/15/2021

Nutcracker photo dump! @studiorballet

12/08/2021

Handmade gifts are the best! Thanks so much @kennabonhote!!! This is going on the front door right away!

Handmade gifts are the best! Thanks so much @kennabonhote!!! This is going on the front door right away!

12/06/2021

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Are you afraid of talking about food choices because it's a sensitive topic?

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Check out our online course “Talking About Nutrition WITHOUT Talking About Food” which provides helpful tips and factors to help your dancers develop
a complete mindset of what goes into TOTAL NUTRITION for their best performance!

Receive 20% off this and all of our online courses using code HOLIDAY21 (all caps)

Direct link: https://dancemed.org/nutrition
Access all courses using our link in the bio 😊

Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 12/03/2021

I think they like me. And I like them too. 💕 Drawings from little clients are the absolute best! She even drew a Bella logo on my shorts!

Timeline Photos 11/29/2021

IT’S CYBER MONDAY AND THR OFFICIAL KICK OFF OF OUR HOLIDAY SALE!!

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When Stretching DOESN’T Work

Talking About Nutrition WITHOUT Talking About Food

NuBody Conditioning Programs - improving foot point, arabesque, splits, and more

DancemED Cerification online self-paced program

Visit https://dancemed.org

IT’S CYBER MONDAY AND THR OFFICIAL KICK OFF OF OUR HOLIDAY SALE!!

🤗🤗🤗 20% off all online courses, INCLUDING DANCEMED CERTIFICATION!
💻🖥👩🏾💻🧑💻

Use code HOLIDAY21 (all caps)

Save up to $250 off our most popular online trainings including:

When Stretching DOESN’T Work

Talking About Nutrition WITHOUT Talking About Food

NuBody Conditioning Programs - improving foot point, arabesque, splits, and more

DancemED Cerification online self-paced program

Visit https://dancemed.org

11/28/2021

I should have said this to her…

“YOU’RE WELCOME.”

This is not a conceited post, rather a self-empowerment post for myself and all the over-givers out there.

This dancer is one of my clients. She’s an amazing dancer. And she did an outstanding job as the Snow Queen in her company’s production of the Nutcracker.

After the show I went to congratulate her for the awesome performance and with a little tear in her eye she thanked me for helping her improve her technique and performance ability to help her have such a great show.

My response?

I said that it wasn’t me, but her that did all the work to make her performance a success.

When I got home that evening, I realized I said the wrong thing. Not that she didn’t do great work on adhering to the conditioning program I prescribed. She did do great work. But, in just focusing on her I neglected my own work, which I do more often than I’d like to admit. Im so used to trying to prove my worth and value in a world where I’ve been told I have to do more and give more just to be seen as equal and capable. So I give and give, often until I’m exhausted.

But just like many other things, giving is cyclical. It’s inspiration, power, and effect is based on the other part of the cycle…RECEIVING.

That’s what I need to work on. That’s what many of us need to work on. Gracefully receiving.

It’s not selfish or greedy. It’s fulfilling and necessary for us to continue to give successfully. We all deserve to receive, especially in exchange for giving time, effort, or value in other ways.

I gave knowledge, support, and manual healing. I did a good job and it paid off for this dancer. I deserve to accept her gratitude. I dare say it’s disrespectful not to receive gratitude when it’s given.

So to this dancer, all my clients, my friends and family, and anyone who I may have helped in my lifetime, in this spirit of thanksgiving, I accept your thanks.

You’re welcome. I love you all. And I look forward to giving and supporting you and many more in the future. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

And to all my fellow over-givers, tell 5 people “you’re welcome” to honor yourself and all the hard work you’ve done.

I should have said this to her…

“YOU’RE WELCOME.”

This is not a conceited post, rather a self-empowerment post for myself and all the over-givers out there.

This dancer is one of my clients. She’s an amazing dancer. And she did an outstanding job as the Snow Queen in her company’s production of the Nutcracker.

After the show I went to congratulate her for the awesome performance and with a little tear in her eye she thanked me for helping her improve her technique and performance ability to help her have such a great show.

My response?

I said that it wasn’t me, but her that did all the work to make her performance a success.

When I got home that evening, I realized I said the wrong thing. Not that she didn’t do great work on adhering to the conditioning program I prescribed. She did do great work. But, in just focusing on her I neglected my own work, which I do more often than I’d like to admit. Im so used to trying to prove my worth and value in a world where I’ve been told I have to do more and give more just to be seen as equal and capable. So I give and give, often until I’m exhausted.

But just like many other things, giving is cyclical. It’s inspiration, power, and effect is based on the other part of the cycle…RECEIVING.

That’s what I need to work on. That’s what many of us need to work on. Gracefully receiving.

It’s not selfish or greedy. It’s fulfilling and necessary for us to continue to give successfully. We all deserve to receive, especially in exchange for giving time, effort, or value in other ways.

I gave knowledge, support, and manual healing. I did a good job and it paid off for this dancer. I deserve to accept her gratitude. I dare say it’s disrespectful not to receive gratitude when it’s given.

So to this dancer, all my clients, my friends and family, and anyone who I may have helped in my lifetime, in this spirit of thanksgiving, I accept your thanks.

You’re welcome. I love you all. And I look forward to giving and supporting you and many more in the future. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

And to all my fellow over-givers, tell 5 people “you’re welcome” to honor yourself and all the hard work you’ve done.

11/27/2021

IT’S SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
🤗🤗🤗 20% off all online courses, INCLUDING DANCEMED CERTIFICATION!
💻🖥👩🏾💻🧑💻

Use code HOLIDAY21 (all caps)

Save up to $250 off our most popular online trainings including:

When Stretching DOESN’T Work

Talking About Nutrition WITHOUT Talking About Food

NuBody Conditioning Programs - improving foot point, arabesque, splits, and more

DancemED Cerification online self-paced program

Visit https://dancemed.org

IT’S SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
🤗🤗🤗 20% off all online courses, INCLUDING DANCEMED CERTIFICATION!
💻🖥👩🏾💻🧑💻

Use code HOLIDAY21 (all caps)

Save up to $250 off our most popular online trainings including:

When Stretching DOESN’T Work

Talking About Nutrition WITHOUT Talking About Food

NuBody Conditioning Programs - improving foot point, arabesque, splits, and more

DancemED Cerification online self-paced program

Visit https://dancemed.org

11/26/2021

You know what time it is friends 🤗🤗🤗 20% off all online courses, INCLUDING DANCEMED CERTIFICATION, now through Cuber Monday!
💻🖥👩🏾‍💻🧑‍💻

Use code HOLIDAY21 (all caps)

Save up to $250 off our most popular online trainings including:

When Stretching DOESN’T Work

Talking About Nutrition WITHOUT Talking About Food

NuBody Conditioning Programs - improving foot point, arabesque, splits, and more

DancemED Cerification online self-paced program

Visit https://dancemed.org (link in bio)

11/22/2021

NEW BLOG POST!

Looking healthy and feeling healthy don't always equal ACTUAL physical health....

https://azdancemed.com/blog-lookinghealthy

NEW BLOG POST!

Looking healthy and feeling healthy don't always equal ACTUAL physical health....

https://azdancemed.com/blog-lookinghealthy

11/19/2021

I get asked by aspiring DancemedPROs® all the time how to get started in the industry. There's no specific answer, but here's a recent conversation I had with a young dancer about my thoughts on forging a career in the dance medicine industry. :)

11/16/2021

NEW BLOG POST!

Guess what…issues in the foot don’t always happen because of an issue with the foot. Read about the TRUTH behind plantar fasciitis (and other foot issues) in our latest blog post!

https://azdancemed.com/blog-plantarfasciitis

NEW BLOG POST!

Guess what…issues in the foot don’t always happen because of an issue with the foot. Read about the TRUTH behind plantar fasciitis (and other foot issues) in our latest blog post!

https://azdancemed.com/blog-plantarfasciitis

Timeline Photos 10/29/2021

NEW BLOG POST!

I’ve come across a number of clients, young and old, with difficulty using tampons. Many of them didn’t know one of the most common reasons for why that happens. I touch on the number one reason why in my latest blog post.

https://azdancemed.com/blog-avoidancesymptoms

NEW BLOG POST!

I’ve come across a number of clients, young and old, with difficulty using tampons. Many of them didn’t know one of the most common reasons for why that happens. I touch on the number one reason why in my latest blog post.

https://azdancemed.com/blog-avoidancesymptoms

Timeline Photos 10/28/2021

Stay tuned! More to come!!!

Stay tuned! More to come!!!

Timeline Photos 10/26/2021

Let us know 😊

Let us know 😊

Timeline Photos 10/20/2021

Pain with trying to use these are a protective mechanism of the body.

From what?

Want the details?

Stay tuned…

Pain with trying to use these are a protective mechanism of the body.

From what?

Want the details?

Stay tuned…

10/19/2021

Remembering my biggest dance inspiration on World Ballet Day. #missingyou #MrA ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Remembering my biggest dance inspiration on World Ballet Day. #missingyou #MrA ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Timeline Photos 10/11/2021

The brain affects the body and the body affects the brain. All body systems work together al the time. No system ever works on its own. So when we approach mental health - whether it’s reducing nervousness or reducing dependence on medication - we do it using a whole body approach. Mental illness is felt in the mind and emotions but that isn’t always where the problem is that’s driving it. 💕#worldmentalhealthday

The brain affects the body and the body affects the brain. All body systems work together al the time. No system ever works on its own. So when we approach mental health - whether it’s reducing nervousness or reducing dependence on medication - we do it using a whole body approach. Mental illness is felt in the mind and emotions but that isn’t always where the problem is that’s driving it. 💕#worldmentalhealthday

Timeline Photos 10/06/2021

Before and after fluid flow pumping and taken with our new thermal camera! We’re obsessed with the images. Clients are obsessed with the results! The purple is where flow is lacking - which can relate to nasal congestion and headaches. Improved flow after manual lymph drainage improves breathing and much more 😊

Before and after fluid flow pumping and taken with our new thermal camera! We’re obsessed with the images. Clients are obsessed with the results! The purple is where flow is lacking - which can relate to nasal congestion and headaches. Improved flow after manual lymph drainage improves breathing and much more 😊

09/30/2021

Time flies! Last day for
20% OFF EVERYTHING!!!

We ran weekly specials earlier this month for our anniversary and today is the last day that EVERYTHING IS ON SALE!

Visit https://dancemed.org/university
and use code AZDM7 (all caps) to get 20% off:

When Stretching DOESN’T Work

NuBody Deluxe conditioning series

Talking About Nutrition Without Talking About Food

DancemED™️ Certification (online, self-paced)
https://dancemed.org/certification

Dance educators love our courses for their simplicity and the awesome checklists and resources that come with each course, but don’t take our word for it. Click the link to see what educators are saying about their experience taking a DancemED™ course!

Timeline Photos 09/24/2021

Working virtually always takes a little longer than we’d like. But 6 days to go from pain and swelling and difficulty dancing to no pain and full pointework isn’t too bad. Here’s what we focused on:

1-Collagen for tissue healing
2-Lymphatic work and taping to resolve swelling and bruising
3-Rotational core stability (usually the muscle instability related to ankle sprains)
4-Digestive tissue mobility (underlying reason for the muscle instability)
5-Supplements to restore bacterial levels (underlying reason for the restricted digestive mobility)
6-2 ligament stabilization exercises

Remember that no system ever works alone. The best recovery plan is the one that addresses all systems.

This college dance program senior is feeling really good going into tech week for her fall performance! 🤗🤗

Working virtually always takes a little longer than we’d like. But 6 days to go from pain and swelling and difficulty dancing to no pain and full pointework isn’t too bad. Here’s what we focused on:

1-Collagen for tissue healing
2-Lymphatic work and taping to resolve swelling and bruising
3-Rotational core stability (usually the muscle instability related to ankle sprains)
4-Digestive tissue mobility (underlying reason for the muscle instability)
5-Supplements to restore bacterial levels (underlying reason for the restricted digestive mobility)
6-2 ligament stabilization exercises

Remember that no system ever works alone. The best recovery plan is the one that addresses all systems.

This college dance program senior is feeling really good going into tech week for her fall performance! 🤗🤗

09/23/2021

Happiest birthday to my favorite Knowles!!! (Even though they know I love all of them)

Happiest birthday to my favorite Knowles!!! (Even though they know I love all of them)

Timeline Photos 09/23/2021

If we had to narrow down our best tips for a healthy lifestyle, it would be these. Here you go!

If we had to narrow down our best tips for a healthy lifestyle, it would be these. Here you go!

09/23/2021

Posted by @renatrition Working the belly for improved lymph flow! Movement flows where fluid flows and you’ll be surprised what issues can be resolved just by improved toxin removal and nutrient supply through optimal fluid flow. Thanks Perry @stopchasingpain for the best lymph training ever! (PS - drawing on belies is fun 🤣)

Posted by @renatrition Working the belly for improved lymph flow! Movement flows where fluid flows and you’ll be surprised what issues can be resolved just by improved toxin removal and nutrient supply through optimal fluid flow. Thanks Perry @stopchasingpain for the best lymph training ever! (PS - drawing on belies is fun 🤣)

Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 09/18/2021

Had a great time supporting my friends and clients @cddanceaz at @galaxydancefestival!!! Love you guys!

09/15/2021

Coach Lisa killed it today! We started working with this flyer to help improve mobility and help her feel her best with we team. In just one session Coach Lisa discovered some core imbalances that put this client on the path to higher leg extensions. 😊 It was a great day!

09/11/2021

Had such a great time today! See you again soon! @tdawest

A Ballet Education 09/03/2021

A Ballet Education

When a tight back is restricted mostly by muscle tension we love to stick with exercises that are execute I’ll come by mobility with stabilization to improve overall performance. 

(Note: if exercises like these don’t seem to be helping that’s a clue that another body system other than muscles and joints may be the reason behind the movement restriction. If that’s you let us know so we can help 😊)

A Ballet Education Dr. Alexis Sams gives her physical therapy tips to quell the question on every young dancer’s mind. How do I have a more mobile spine? She goes deeper to providing guidance to the even more importa…

Our Story

About Dr. Alexis and how AZDM got started:

“I attended PT school in New York from 2005-2008, volunteering with physical therapists who worked with professional dance companies all three years as well as PTs who performed research on movement and injury incidence in dancers, including the PT teams at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. I started ANS Fitness and Physical Therapy in 2014 as a way to accept payment when dance moms would ask me to look at their kids’ injuries while I was teaching…legally. Then they started asking me to work with their kids privately, at the studio or at home. Since I worked at multiple studios this caused me to travel around the metro Phoenix area, working with tons of dancers.

By 2016, there were too many clients for me to continue making house/studio calls, so I got a small treatment space of about 150 sqft in central Phoenix. In 2017, the building my space was in caught on fire…twice. So I moved to a 250 sqft space in February 2018 in east Phoenix. Client demand continued to grow and in October 2018 we moved into a 550 sqft space.

Then teachers started reaching out to me looking for the best exercises for dancers or advice about guiding an injured dancer through recovery. So I started creating training and consulting for them, combining my knowledge of dance instruction (I’m a dance teacher too, don’t think I mentioned that.) with my body and movement knowledge as a physical therapist.

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