Dance injury assessment and rehabilitation
The dancing athlete requires specialised assessment and rehabilitation. The consultation includes biomechanical and dynamic assessments to diagnose the condition, and more importantly to reveal underlying drivers of the problem. Understanding what is driving a problem empowers the dancer to assist their recovery and prevent injury recurrence whether it be with technique correction or addressing training errors, poor muscle recruitment or imbalance or inadequate flexibility. Proactively screening for these issues may also prevent injury and avoid time out of training or competitions.
We offer pre-pointe assessment to identify areas which may need to be improved or strengthened to assist safe progression on to pointe shoes. This assessment includes examination of joint and soft tissue range of movement, foot and ankle movement patterns, muscle strength and control of the trunk and lower limbs.
Real Time Ultrasound muscle training
We use real-time ultrasound to observe muscle contraction and thereby assist muscle training. The muscle can be visualised on the monitor while concurrently experiencing the ‘feel’ of the movement. Knowing where and when movement should occur is vital for optimal movement patterns and performance, and also for injury recovery and prevention. Read more here about the amazing things we can see and do with real time ultrasound.
Deep muscle control of joints is imperative for optimal range of movement and aesthetics in dance.
Dance specific strengthening
Deep muscle control of joints is imperative for optimal range of movement and aesthetics in dance. Weakness of deep stabilising muscles of the trunk and limbs can cause a range of problems including snapping hip, reduced turnout, and posterior ankle impingement. Identification of these specific issues and targeted exercises promotes optimal technique and recovery from injury. We have 2 large gyms with Pilates, balance and functional strengthening equipment.
Our bodies are filled with ‘connective tissue’, which does exactly as the name states; it connects us inside, from head to fingers and toes. Achieving optimal range requires free movement through the whole system of fascia, nerves, muscles and joints. So ensuring all parts are moving smoothly can help with flexibility in another part of the body.
Our Dance Physio +
Joanne graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours Class l. A skilled dancer, choreographer and director, Joanne forged a highly successful career internationally and more specifically on Broadway before transitioning to a career in physiotherapy.
After completion of her physiotherapy degree, Joanne has worked in both private practice and hospital settings, gaining experience in outpatient musculoskeletal work, general hospital medical/surgical, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
With her extensive dance background Joanne has a special interest in dance rehabilitation and injury prevention for dancers and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
Joanne is always looking to expand her knowledge and skills. She has trained in dry needling, pain sciences, dancer assessment and rehabilitation, kinesio-taping, vestibular dysfunction and APPI clinical Pilates.
Outside of work Joanne is an avid traveller, scuba diver and photographer, and enjoys spending time with family and friends while enjoying the Aussie lifestyle.
Louise has a double Masters having completed her Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2012 and a Master of Sports Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Queensland. The Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy has provided Louise with superior skills in assessing and treating acute and chronic spinal conditions, as well as a broad range of upper and lower limb conditions. The Masters of Sports Physiotherapy has equipped Louise in thorough assessment and treatment of a wide range of sporting injuries with attention to biomechanics, management of injury, and return to participation. Louise has additional training in dry needling techniques and dynamic taping.
Having grown up with a passion for dance, Louise has a special interest in assisting dancers through injury recovery, optimising technique, and assisting in injury prevention. She has attended multiple additional courses for dancers including the treatment of hip, foot and ankle injuries, pre-pointe assessment, and flexibility workshops. She completed her Pilates instructor classes at Dance Medicine Australia, Melbourne.
Louise is currently completing a Masters in Pharmacy which she hopes to combine with her physiotherapy knowledge to better assist those on long-term medication for persistent pain states.
Louise enjoys attending a variety of gym based exercise classes to maintain fitness and general well being. She is also a keen snow skier and has developed our “Snow-Fit” classes to assist snowboarders and skiers prepare for their next snow adventure. If she isn’t in the clinic, Louise will usually be found in a country somewhere enjoying the snow!