What is dance physiotherapy?

Dance Physiotherapy is practised by physiotherapists who have a special interest in treating dancers. They treat all dance types and ages. Due to the similarities in the physical requirements with dancing, dance physiotherapists also treat:

  • Performing artists
  • Acrobats
  • Gymnasts
  • Calisthenics
  • Martial Artists
  • Tai Chi

Dancers, performers, gymnasts and martial artists tend to sustain different injuries when compared to more traditional sports people. The advantages of consulting a dance physiotherapist are that:

  • You have someone you can approach and trust who cares as much about your sport as you
  • They have a thorough knowledge and understanding of your techniques
  • They understand the requirements of the your chosen style and the level of rehabilitation required to prevent the reoccurrence of an injury.

How can dance physiotherapy help you?

  • Perform pre pointe assessments
  • Complete tertiary dance council assessments
  • Emphasise the quick and efficient management of injuries leading to a faster recovery and return to performing
  • Advise you how to prevent recurrent dance injuries
  • Improve your flexibility, strength and co-ordination
  • Educate you in the best management of your injury or condition
  • Improve your dancing performance or technique
  • Educate dancers and teachers about appropriate warm up, stretching, prevention strategies and cool down techniques

Dance Physiotherapists often recommend dancers undertake Clinical Pilates as part of their training routine.