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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.

Pre-Pointe Assessment

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
Pilates Instructor
MIADMS-Dance Medicine

Joanne Manning

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.