Ballet: An Art Form or Cause for Rehabilitation

English: Classic ballet-dancer Español: Bailar...

English: Classic ballet-dancer Español: Bailarina de danza clásica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of us don’t associate the art of Ballet dance with injury and rehabilitation however ballet is a source of both.  There are many causes for such injuries. There may be environmental factors such as faulty dance surfaces. There may be inappropriately fitting footwear leading to foot conditions. There may be spinal cord issues which can be the cause FOR injury as well as a result OF an injury. An incorrect ”turnout” ( the ability of the dancer to turn his or her feet and legs out from the hip joints to a 90-degree position) on the part of the dancer may cause an injury. There may be an inbalance of soft tissue or inadequate quadricep strength. The beautiful but potentially harmful ballet steps of ”plies”-which is a smooth continuous bending of the knees; ”pointe” where the dancer performs steps while on the tips of the toes using a special block shoe and ”demipointe” can all cause serious injury or worse.

Both male and female ballet dancers are susceptible to these injuries so when they occur the very best physical therapy solutions need to be at hand during their rehabilitation. Physical and occupational therapists have been using the TUTOR system to rehabilitate injured limbs of patients suffering from strokes, brain/spinal cord and upper and lower limb surgeries, Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and many other limb disabling medical conditions. It is only natural that the HANDTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and ARMTUTOR would be used in the treatment of ballet injuries as well.

The TUTORs are comfortable, ergonomically designed gloves and braces that are strategically placed on the affected part of the body and with sensors attached to dedicated software the patient is subjected to intensive exercises. The therapists evaluate the results and then design a personalized exercise program for that patient. These physical therapy products are currently in use in leading rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. and Europe. The TUTOR system is fully certified by the FDA and CE and can be used by children as young as 5 as well as adults. Telerehabilitation allows the patient to use the TUTORs in his own home.

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