Movement therapy, or dance therapy, provides application of physical therapy.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: Physical therapy often times extends beyond the appointment with the therapist. For some, that therapy is sought out in a dance studio.
According to the American Dance Therapy Association, dance therapy, or movement therapy, allows a person to realize broad transformations in emotional, physical, and behavioral states.
Kim Hoobler, doctor of physical therapy, talks about the benefits of dance.
KIM HOOBLER: Of course, as we age, who wouldn’t benefit from working on their balance. So, I think Parkinson’s disease, you know any kind of knee replacement, hip replacement, ankle sprain. I mean you really almost could… The list would almost be shorter of who wouldn’t benefit from some sort of dance.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: For Gretchen Hellebust, attending tango practices in Lawrence, Kan., has helped with her chronic pain that comes from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
GRETCHEN HELLEBUST: What it is, is basically your connective tissue is too stretchy. So your ligaments, tendons, veins, skin.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: Tango provides her with balance and proper walking technique. Gretchen is able to apply what she learns in physical therapy to dancing.
GRETCHEN HELLEBUST: What I like about the dance, and especially the tango is that with a partner you have to listen and be in the moment. And when you’re doing that, for one thing it takes your mind off of things, so like I got pains and things and it takes your mind off of that. Plus with the tango, you’re listening and reacting.
HAYLEY JOZWIAK: This is Hayley Jozwiak, with Get to the Pointe.