This course will focus on the orthopedic application of the IM, specifically for the dancer and the many disciplines now available that enjoy the art of dance, at any age and activity level. The IM has primarily been used for neurologically impaired or special needs individuals, but applying it to the orthopedic “normal” has been quite a success in my practice, and in this population, the learning curve for skill acquisition has been dramatically reduced, motor patterning has improved, and elements such as musicality, coordination, motivation, and goal setting for the athlete have been improved. Music “is the gateway to the soul” and brings out the best in patients.
All of the spinal positions necessary for pelvic control in the dancer will be addressed as well as functional custom exercises for each individual which will be based on their specific activity. A physical therapy evaluation and assessment of pelvic control with the IM will determine the progression of patient tasks, based on muscular imbalances found.