Friday, January 03, 2014 - DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Launches Dance Medicine Program
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Cheryl Angelelli

DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM), has launched a new Dance Medicine Program, dedicated to the health, education, training, and performance of dancers and dance educators in southeast Michigan. The program is designed to help dancers improve performance through rehabilitation and injury prevention.

RIM's Dance Medicine Program recognizes dancers as elite athletes who endure extreme physical demands and require specialized care designed for their unique physiques and lifestyles.

RIM's physical therapists and athletic trainers are members of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. They have advanced training in dance medicine and experience working with professional, college, school and studio dancers in a variety of dance genres.

The program offers specialized therapies for dancers whose injuries may involve bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments or joints.

"When a dancer comes into our Dance Medicine Program, our goal isn’t just to treat the injury. It is also to educate the dancer about how the injury occurred and how to prevent it," says Mary Donahue, RIM, physical therapist.

In addition to providing dance injury evaluation and treatment, RIM's Dance Medicine Program also provides dance specific training and conditioning and educational lectures for dance teachers on injury prevention and basic care. 

For more information about RIM's Dance Medicine Program and a list of locations, please visit

DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation’s largest hospitals specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Institute is home to many innovative programs, including the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, a world-class facility designed to implement and study innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery. RIM is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit Pistons.

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