I met Kyle in the summer of 2019 when he had the lead roles in "The Stephen Foster Story" and"Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in Bardstown KY.
One of his shoulders gave him some difficulty in performing required lifts and some dance numbers. We worked together for a successful rehab without any loss of skills or missing any performances. His goal was to take care of his injury properly which led to his complete recovery.
"Last summer I had a very active schedule. I was performing in two musicals with heavy rehearsal schedules and a show almost every night, and was at the gym 5-6 times a week to stay in shape for my roles I was portraying. Half way through the summer I found it difficult to raise my left arm due to shoulder pain. I thought I injured my shoulder working out and I was taking medicine and icing my shoulder with little hope for getting back to my gym schedule or performing to the best of my ability on stage. Luckily Michael and I connected after he saw one of the shows and I quickly got myself to his office. I drove to him on our first appointment almost unable to drive due to the pain and left that day feeling brand new and drove home with little to no pain. I told Michael about my shoulder, what I thought was a serious injury, and he immediately gave me relief by explaining what was ACTUALLY going on. My shoulder was overworked. He was able to help me understand what was happening in detail, but in a way I could understand. I met with Michael three other times to work on my shoulder and each time I left feeling stronger and happier. Michael would even check in with me between appointments to make sure what we were doing was working. He truly cares about his clients. In a week, Michael's comfortable but effective treatment got me from not being able to do a push-up, to being able to bench press and do full chest exercises at the gym. Not only did Michael help me in the moment of need, but he explained how I can take care of my shoulder moving forward and made it clear that he is always there to help! I also had a 90-minute sports massage at the end of my performance contract. The healthy oils he uses, the calming music, and his years of practice made for a perfect massage that revived my body and got me ready for my post contract vacation. Michael has amazing credentials and is very kind and caring. I don't know how I would have made it through the summer without his help! It is great that Michael recognizes the body-taxing life style of performers and wants to help them just as he helps athletes. He has found connections between athletics and the performing arts, giving actors and dancers a place to turn when their bodies are having trouble keeping up with their work." KM (Photo above: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Ray Kirkland)
Athletic trainers have been working with performing artists for more than 25 years. Performing arts athletic trainers provide specialized injury prevention and rehabilitative care to actors, dancers, musicians, vocalists and models. Studies show that the on-site medical care that the certified athletic trainer can provide to performers reduces both the frequency and severity of injuries as well as reducing operating and production costs.
Performing Artists can get many of the same type of injuries as athletes and require the same therapeutic sessions for rehabilitation. Artists train many hours for their art and have to watch their diet, get proper rest, and get enough sleep so they can perform to their maximum potential. I use many sport and massage techniques to enhance their bodywork. Many hours of exhausting rehearsals and performances can take their toll on their bodies.
If you are a performing artist, you might consider sports therapy, if you have any performance concerns. Schedule a session with us online.