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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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…

09/01/2021

Two celebrations today! Congrats to Coach Lisa @lisadrew on her 1 year anniversary at AZDM! And congrats to us for celebrating 7 years of business!! Thanks to everybody for your support!

08/31/2021

We can’t believe it. SEVEN YEARS!!! And we can only thank each and every one of you for your support and trusting us with your care.

So of course we are celebrating by thanking you with specials on all our educational courses through the month of September! Visit https://dancemed.org/university and use code AZDM7 (all caps) to get 20% off:

Week 1: When Stretching DOESN’T Work

Week 2: NuBody Deluxe conditioning series

Week 3: Talking About Nutrition Without Talking About Food

Week 4: DancemED™️ Certification (home study) https://dancemed.org/certification

08/26/2021

Posted @withregram • @tpdc_on_ig. Loved talking with these ladies about looking beyond muscle for solutions to improve performance. Enjoy!!! Btw - did you p**p today? 🤔💩🚽

08/24/2021

Missed certification live? No problem! Our online certification program is still available, full of all the training videos and resources you’re looking for to level up your dance conditioning and injury management skills at your own pace.

Get more info and instant access at https://dancemed.org/certification

Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 08/23/2021

Keep an eye out for those wobbly ankles!

Nothing like an 8am last minute session! She sprained her food after getting new wires for her braces. Who knew? We did. 🤣Love this kid. @kennabonhote
🦷🦷🦷
Got dancers with braces that seem clumsy or off balance at odd times? Orthodontic adjustments change the muscle tension in the jaw and neck which is the top of the core since it’s the top of the spine. This can create a domino effect of core instability. Most often results in wobbly balance along with ankle
and foot sprains. But don’t worry. We got you. 👍

08/21/2021
08/19/2021

The last time I saw her she was shorter than me. Now she’s in college and wants to be my intern. #growinguptoofast @samobrien24

The last time I saw her she was shorter than me. Now she’s in college and wants to be my intern. #growinguptoofast @samobrien24

08/15/2021
08/15/2021

You’re an experienced instructor.

You’ve completed other trainings and have an awesome selection of exercises in your toolbox to help your dancers improve technique and reduce injury risk. And you get good results.

But you want faster results, and you want to help more dancers, especially the ones that struggle with flexibility or applying corrections. The answer lies in how you assess your dancers.

And tomorrow we start teaching you how to do just that and more. Join us live or catch the replays at our next DancemED™️ Certification training this week.

Here’s just some of this things that we will be covering:

How to address pain to get better participation in class with less complaints

How to pinpoint the number 1 issue holding back your dancer’s performance and select the best activity to address it

How to know when a dancer is safe to return to training after an injury

How to figure out what’s holding back your dancer when stretches and exercises aren’t working

And how to get results like these in minutes of work, not months (we promise, it’s possible 😊)

More info and registration at:
https://dancemed.org/certintensive

08/14/2021

Certified in PBT, Pilates, CSCS or other movement and exercise techniques?

One our most successful clients has completed just about every certification I can think of. Here’s a repost of what she said when I asked what made her decide to complete DancemED™️ Certification.

You’ve been through other programs so…

✅ You already know WHO you're helping....dancers.

✅ You already know WHAT you're using to help them...exercises, and we know you have lots to choose from.

DancemED Certification will connect all the dots and teach you:

⭐️ WHEN to use certain exercises over others, based on your dancer's needs

⭐️ WHERE to focus your conditioning, because it may not be the place where you see the problem

⭐️ WHY certain exercises may be more beneficial over others by using quick and easy assessments

⭐️ HOW to perform your chosen exercises for the fastest results (positions, hold times, etc.)

Ready to really get the most out of all of your learning?

Join us next week for our summer teacher's intensive live and online! (All sessions will be recorded with unlimited access)

More info and registration at: https://dancemed.org/certintensive

Certified in PBT, Pilates, CSCS or other movement and exercise techniques?

One our most successful clients has completed just about every certification I can think of. Here’s a repost of what she said when I asked what made her decide to complete DancemED™️ Certification.

You’ve been through other programs so…

✅ You already know WHO you're helping....dancers.

✅ You already know WHAT you're using to help them...exercises, and we know you have lots to choose from.

DancemED Certification will connect all the dots and teach you:

⭐️ WHEN to use certain exercises over others, based on your dancer's needs

⭐️ WHERE to focus your conditioning, because it may not be the place where you see the problem

⭐️ WHY certain exercises may be more beneficial over others by using quick and easy assessments

⭐️ HOW to perform your chosen exercises for the fastest results (positions, hold times, etc.)

Ready to really get the most out of all of your learning?

Join us next week for our summer teacher's intensive live and online! (All sessions will be recorded with unlimited access)

More info and registration at: https://dancemed.org/certintensive

08/12/2021

Check us out tomorrow when we talk about how belly issues can affect dance performance. Visit @apollaperformance or @tpdc_on_ig for more info!

08/10/2021

New walls going up in our new functional medicine and nutrition wing!! 🤗🤗🤗 Our sister company @renatrition is getting its now section for all you health and wellness needs for EVERYONE! Non-dancers welcome! If you’re stuck on medication or with symptoms that you’ve been told you’ll have to stay with for the rest of your life we offer simple and non-medical solutions to feeling better and overcoming the impossible. New wing opens September 1! Message us our check out https://Renatrition.com for more info on who we help (everyone, basically😆) and how we help (no meds, shots, surgery). Be prepared for a NEW TAKE on health and wellness. (Link in IG bio)

New walls going up in our new functional medicine and nutrition wing!! 🤗🤗🤗 Our sister company @renatrition is getting its now section for all you health and wellness needs for EVERYONE! Non-dancers welcome! If you’re stuck on medication or with symptoms that you’ve been told you’ll have to stay with for the rest of your life we offer simple and non-medical solutions to feeling better and overcoming the impossible. New wing opens September 1! Message us our check out https://Renatrition.com for more info on who we help (everyone, basically😆) and how we help (no meds, shots, surgery). Be prepared for a NEW TAKE on health and wellness. (Link in IG bio)

08/07/2021

Results in 1 session WITHOUT stretching? Learn how!

HOW DID THIS DANCER IMPROVE THEIR FLEXIBILITY WITHOUT STRETCHING? We will teach you how and much more! https://dancemed.org/certintensive

Online DancemED Certification starts Aug 16!

Learn the easiest ways to assess and help
fix:

Tight hamstrings
Difficulty spotting
Flexibility challenges
Low jump height
Balance challenges
And more!

1 week - 8 courses:

Anatomy and Kinesiology that MATTERS
Movement Analysis in Dance
Functional Assessments for Dance
Functional Dance Conditioning
Understanding Pain in Dance
Determining Return to Dance After Injury
The “Truth” About Dance Injuries
What to Do When NOTHING Works

More information and registration at:
https://dancemed.org/certintensive

SAVE $250 with code FBCERT (all caps)

Yes! All sessions will be recorded with lifetime access

Yes! No-fee installment plans available to meet your budget

Timeline Photos 08/02/2021

AUGUST ENROLLMENT IS OPEN! Join us Aug 16-20 (or on replay)

Use code EYESUP (all caps) to save $250
off registration!

Difficulty spotting? Decreased turnout? Desperate for splits?

THE EYES HAVE IT!!

Eye focus and stability factor into dance performance in so many ways, including turn technique, balance and even flexibility!

We teach a simple screen and exercise pattern that can be performed on 1 student or a class full of students to improve eye performance quickly and safely. Then watch it improve your dancer’s performance!

It’s part of our new course “What to Do When NOTHING Works” included in our DancemED™️ Certification.

Join us August 16-20 to learn this and a ton of other simple assessments, exercises, and tips to improve dance performance, determine recovery following injury, and more!

More info and registration at https://dancemed.org/certintensive (link in IG bio)

Use code EYESUP (all caps) to save $250
off registration!

07/31/2021

CALLING ALL SCIENCE AND DANCE MAJORS!!!! Looking for the most unique and inspiring dance medicine internship experience? We are accepting applications for the upcoming fall and spring semesters at our Phoenix location! Best suited for undergrads and high schools students. Also great for prospective PT students needing observation hours. More details and application can be found at: https://azdancemed.com/internship

CALLING ALL SCIENCE AND DANCE MAJORS!!!! Looking for the most unique and inspiring dance medicine internship experience? We are accepting applications for the upcoming fall and spring semesters at our Phoenix location! Best suited for undergrads and high schools students. Also great for prospective PT students needing observation hours. More details and application can be found at: https://azdancemed.com/internship

Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 07/17/2021

HOW DID THIS DANCER IMPROVE THEIR FLEXIBILITY WITHOUT STRETCHING? We will teach you how and much more! https://dancemed.org/certintensive

Online DancemED Certification starts Monday!

Learn the easiest ways to assess and help
fix:

Tight hamstrings
Difficulty spotting
Flexibility challenges
Low jump height
Balance challenges
And more!

1 week - 8 courses:

Anatomy and Kinesiology that MATTERS
Movement Analysis in Dance
Functional Assessments for Dance
Functional Dance Conditioning
Understanding Pain in Dance
Determining Return to Dance After Injury
The “Truth” About Dance Injuries
What to Do When NOTHING Works

More information and registration at:
https://dancemed.org/certintensive

SAVE $250 with code FBCERT (all caps)

Yes! All sessions will be recorded with lifetime access

Yes! No-fee installment plans available to meet your budget

07/16/2021

FAQs about Certification : )

Covering some common questions about certification! July session starts Monday! More info and registration at https://dancemed.org/intensive

07/16/2021

There’s still time to register for July’s online DancemED™️ Certification for teachers!

http://dancemed.org/certintensive

Sessions are recorded for lifetime access 😊

New 10 month extended payment plan available 😊

Mon-Fri
July 19-23
12:00-2:30pm EST

8 courses total! Can’t beat that!

Anatomy and Kinesiology that MATTERS
Movement Analysis in Dance
Functional Assessments for Dance
Functional Dance Conditioning
Understanding Pain in Dance
Determining Return to Dance After Injury
The “Truth” About Dance Injuries
What to Do When NOTHING Works

There’s still time to register for July’s online DancemED™️ Certification for teachers!

http://dancemed.org/certintensive

Sessions are recorded for lifetime access 😊

New 10 month extended payment plan available 😊

Mon-Fri
July 19-23
12:00-2:30pm EST

8 courses total! Can’t beat that!

Anatomy and Kinesiology that MATTERS
Movement Analysis in Dance
Functional Assessments for Dance
Functional Dance Conditioning
Understanding Pain in Dance
Determining Return to Dance After Injury
The “Truth” About Dance Injuries
What to Do When NOTHING Works

Timeline Photos 07/15/2021

We want to hear from you! Comment below what you LOVE about AZDM!

We want to hear from you! Comment below what you LOVE about AZDM!

07/15/2021

Wall number 1 is in!!!

#herewegrow
#renatrition
#guthealth
#pineapplestopointe

Wall number 1 is in!!!

#herewegrow
#renatrition
#guthealth
#pineapplestopointe

Timeline Photos 07/10/2021

Difficulty spotting? Decreased turnout? Desperate for splits?

THE EYES HAVE IT!!

Eye focus and stability factor into dance performance in so many ways, including turn technique, balance and even flexibility!

We teach a simple screen and exercise pattern that can be performed on 1 student or a class full of students to improve eye performance quickly and safely. Then watch it improve your dancer’s performance!

It’s part of our new course “What to Do When NOTHING Works” included in our DancemED™️ Certification.

Join us August 16-20 to learn this and a ton of other simple assessments, exercises, and tips to improve dance performance, determine recovery following injury, and more!

More info and registration at https://dancemed.org/certintensive (link in IG bio)

Use code EYESUP (all caps) to save $250
off registration!

Difficulty spotting? Decreased turnout? Desperate for splits?

THE EYES HAVE IT!!

Eye focus and stability factor into dance performance in so many ways, including turn technique, balance and even flexibility!

We teach a simple screen and exercise pattern that can be performed on 1 student or a class full of students to improve eye performance quickly and safely. Then watch it improve your dancer’s performance!

It’s part of our new course “What to Do When NOTHING Works” included in our DancemED™️ Certification.

Join us August 16-20 to learn this and a ton of other simple assessments, exercises, and tips to improve dance performance, determine recovery following injury, and more!

More info and registration at https://dancemed.org/certintensive (link in IG bio)

Use code EYESUP (all caps) to save $250
off registration!

Timeline Photos 07/03/2021

Love it when our dance kids meet up at intensive even though they live states away from each other! AZ Dance Med unites!!! 💜💚💜💚

Love it when our dance kids meet up at intensive even though they live states away from each other! AZ Dance Med unites!!! 💜💚💜💚

06/30/2021

What do food allergies have to do with this dancer’s recovery from ankle pain? Read our newest blog article to find out! Food allergies are signals that the body needs help and figuring out the help it needs not only reduces (or fully gets rid of) the allergy, but also can be the missing link to injury recovery and improved performance. 🩰🩰🩰Check our our Pointe of View blog at https://dmdnwk.wixsite.com/dancemedblog for the full story! (link in IG bio)

What do food allergies have to do with this dancer’s recovery from ankle pain? Read our newest blog article to find out! Food allergies are signals that the body needs help and figuring out the help it needs not only reduces (or fully gets rid of) the allergy, but also can be the missing link to injury recovery and improved performance. 🩰🩰🩰Check our our Pointe of View blog at https://dmdnwk.wixsite.com/dancemedblog for the full story! (link in IG bio)

Timeline Photos 06/25/2021

Allow our team of #dancemEDpros lead you towards a path of success. That's the AZDM way. 💪

Allow our team of #dancemEDpros lead you towards a path of success. That's the AZDM way. 💪

Timeline Photos 06/08/2021

Coach Lisa in action! Comment below what you LOVE about Coach Lisa!👇❤️

Coach Lisa in action! Comment below what you LOVE about Coach Lisa!👇❤️

06/07/2021

As if the secrets aren’t enough...

We will be giving away a $500 gift certificate to our upcoming DancemED Certification in July and August! It’s back and better than ever!

So if you want your chance to get the largest discount off our most popular training program - make sure you tune in all this week during our free workshop:

Flexibility Secrets REVEALED!

More info and registration at:
https://dancemed.org/flexsecrets

See you all tomorrow! 🤗🤗🤗

Photos from The Dance Medicine Specialists Network's post 06/05/2021

NEW WORKSHOP STARTING MONDAY!
https://dancemed.org/flexsecrets

Stretching doesn’t have to hurt or feel uncomfortable. And you don’t have to use stretching as the only way to gain flexibility.

All the pics are from clients (and 1 of me 🤣) who gained flexibility just by understanding how the body works and identifying what was holding thier flexibility back.

On Monday, we will start giving you the tips to help you start to unlock your dancers flexibility No wall splits, stretch machines, or wall bands required!

Join us next week for our free 5 day mini-workshop Flexibility Secrets Revealed!

More info and registration at https://dancemed.org/flexsecrets

See you there! 🤗🤗🤗

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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