Special thanks to Kristi Moore, MSPT, program director for Alpine PT’s Dance Medicine outreach.
As a physical therapist for many years, I want first and foremost to say that I love working with dancers! This population has a unique sense of body awareness and a strong motivation to keep dancing.
In my quest to offer the best possible treatment for our area dancers, I pursued and attained top certification in Dance Medicine from New York Physical Therapy.
I was driven to understand dancers’ needs and to know how best to help them. Doing so helped me realize the unique demands they place on themselves and their bodies.
Knowing the unique needs of my patients and what they want to accomplish is vital and is especially important with my work with dancers.
This can be as simple as understanding the motions that dancers go through, including the terminology they use. Yet it can also be as complicated as understanding how their entire body is working to create a fluid dance motion.
Through my specialized training, along with the experience I’ve gained over the years working with dancers, I’ve become a better observer of movement, especially observing dancers and what is needed to take a less functional dance motion and help it flow into a functional and elegant movement.
I’ve gained a deep respect for dancers and their ability to create movement that is both beautiful and at times extremely difficult. It’s always been my aim to help patients continue doing the activities they enjoy, and dance is no exception.
In the event I am working with an injured dancer, I design the therapy plan such that she is able to continue dancing, often by making some modifications in the rehabilitation and training program. If the injury requires that the dancer take time off to heal, I do all I can to get her dancing again as soon as possible.
On a final note, I’m also a huge proponent of injury prevention and education for dancers and attempt to help dancers understand how they can be better aware of ways to prevent an injury from occurring.
For more information on our Dance Medicine approach at Alpine, click here.
9/28/2015 0 Comments
Kristi Moore, MSPT of Alpine Physical Therapy completed her Dance Medicine Rehabilitation Certification in September 2015 through Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York City.
Kristi is the only physical therapist in Montana to complete this level of education specific to dancers.
She is excited to bring her specialty to Missoula’s dance community and provide individualized treatment for injury prevention and rehabilitation from injury to keep dancers doing what they love.
For more information, visit our Dance Medicine webpage by clicking here.
Kristi can be reached at Alpine’s North clinic at (406) 541-2606.
7/23/2015 0 Comments
Kristi Moore, MSPT just completed the course work portion of her Dance Medicine Rehabilitation certification in New York City with Westside Dance Physical Therapy. She will complete the certification process by August 1, 2015. She is excited to bring her specific knowledge about dancers back to Missoula’s dance community.
These last 2 modules covered dancers throughout the life span (adolescents to the older dancer) and the foot/ankle/knee.
Kristi is currently the only physical therapist in Montana to have completed this level of education specific to dancers. She truly enjoys working with this unique population by working on injury prevention and rehabilitation from an injury to keep dancers doing what they love!
For more information on our Dance Medicine outreach at Alpine Physical Therapy, please visit our clinic webpage on this topic by clicking here.
12/17/2014 0 Comments
Kristi Moore, a dance rehabilitation specialist with Alpine Physical Therapy, was onsite this past weekend for Garden City Ballet’s Nutcracker working with dancers of all ages.
Moore states, “It was a thrilling experience to help Missoula’s dancers with this annual event! The hard work the dancers put into this production is truly amazing and it shows in the wonderful performance they deliver.”
Kristi was there to answer questions, give advice, tape up dancers and help them through the six performances.
Dance is likely one of the most demanding activities an individual can do, for it requires an enormous amount of strength and grace to perform and yet make it look effortless. Getting through a full week of six hours a night rehearsal leading up to two performances per day for three days takes dedication and a love of dance!
We applaud all of the dancers who participated in this year’s Nutcracker, and all the parents who support and take care of their dancers!! Kristi was honored to be on site to help the many dancers and enjoyed every minute!
For more information on Alpine’s Dance Medicine specialty, click here.
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