Dancers place their bodies under multiple stresses every day, trying to find the right balance between enough flexibility and enough strength to be able to perform at their best. Dance injuries to the feet, hips and low back are incredibly common and can take many months to resolve. Our chiropractor Rebecca, understands exactly what you are going through, growing up as a dancer and now also working as a dance teacher, Rebecca is the right person to support you on your journey back to full recovery.
Why should I see a dance related therapist and not just any allied health professional?
We all know dancers' bodies require far more motion and strength than an average person. Dancers are very good at compensating for injuries or performing incorrect movement patterns, putting up with aches, pain and niggles with the mindset of ‘pain is part of dancing’. Most dance injuries occur as a result of improper technique, or using muscles, which should not activate during movements - causing overuse. We are experienced and understand the demands on the body of a dancer and will consider age, skill level, dance training load, genre, as well as your individual biomechanics for a targeted approach to treatment.
What happens in a dance consultation?
When you come to the clinic with a dance injury we will ask you a series of questions about your injury and also about your level of dance, future aspirations with your dancing and the styles of dance you do.
After this we will do an in depth assessment of
Strength and biomechanical assessment
Functional assessment specific to your dance genre
Assessment of your dance technique.
From here we will generate a treatment plan, which is heavily dependent on re-correcting the technique which may have caused your injury.
Injury prevention is a big part of longevity for the dancer. If you feel a little niggle that hasn't overcome itself within a few days, we can help this by preventing this niggle turning into something more chronic