Dance Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy experts for performing artists, dancers, figure skaters and gymnasts


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Dance Physiotherapy is a unique field in physiotherapy. The main focus is on improving a dancers’ health and wellness. Dancing stronger and longer is the goal at Cedar Chiropractic & Physiotherapy.

Our Burnaby physiotherapy clinic on Hastings St specializes in Dance Physiotherapy which integrates clinical expertise, a dancer’s values and scientific research into the decision making process in your care.

Dance Injuries And Treatment In Burnaby Heights

The majority of dancers and even performing artists’ injuries result from overuse or misuse, rather than traumatic injuries. Here at Cedar, the goal of dance injury prevention is to optimize technique and avoid common errors.
It takes an individualized approach as we are all made differently. Managing dance movements requires fluidity, control, precision and power. To do so requires postural strength, awareness, balanced strength, flexibility and control.

Your Body Is Your Tool

For someone such as a golfer or a badminton player, their tools include their golf clubs and badminton racquets which can be upgraded and replaced with newer technology.

As a dancer, you only have one body! It is crucial to learn how to “switch on” each part of your body – each muscle and joint when you want to, for optimal movement control.

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North Burnaby Dance Physiotherapy Services At Cedar

  • Dance Performance Enhancement: Do you lack the physical strength and flexibility or is there a physiological reason for your performance challenges? We can help you identify the source
  • Dance Screening: Aimed at helping you discover your body’s strengths and weaknesses and the implications they might have on preventing injury
  • Dancer’s Hip Turn Out: Are you using the correct ‘turn-out’ muscle group? Do you have enough mobility and strength in your hips?
  • Dancers’ Injury Management: Optimize your body’s healing ability for a speedier recovery through one-on-one physiotherapy sessions
  • Pointe Assessment: Do you have the core stability, feet and ankle strength and flexibility to dance on pointe?
  • Onsite Dance Movement Assessment: We will come to your dance studio where you take classes and practice to assess your movement in action
  • Exercise Rehab: Expand your body’s potential by incorporating core, strengthening and other exercise systems into your dance training
  • Core Stability for Dancers: Do you have enough control, awareness and strength in your ‘power house’? Is the ‘dog wagging the tail’ or is the ‘tail wagging the dog’?
  • Workshops for dancers and dance teachers

Your specialized team of North Burnaby dance physiotherapists are here to help! We have the skills to assess a dancers’ physical body and identify individualized strengths and weaknesses leading you to the path that excels you towards your dancing goals.

Physiotherapy Treatment For Dancers

To help your dancers, gymnasts, skaters and artists recover from their injuries, there are a variety of treatment approaches your physiotherapist can use. These include:

  • Cupping therapy
  • Exercise rehab
  • IMS or dry needling
  • Laser and other modalities
  • Manual therapy
  • Physiotherapy exercise rehab with clinical pilates
  • Sports rehab
  • Taping, bracing

Patient Review

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As a competitive ballroom dancer, I went because of chronic knee problems. Not only did fix my physical issues, she also taught me how to coordinate my body properly and apply it to my own training. The best way I can describe it is, my coaches can give me the puzzle pieces but cannot help me complete the puzzle as they cannot help me “feel” the movements on my behalf. With strong background in ballet, International Standard and Latin and pilates, She provided imagery and biomechanical reference that helped me string together the information given by my coaches and save them (and myself) frustrations of attempting to hammer information into a guy who naturally cannot “feel” it. At this point the efficiency in every private lesson that I take is greatly increased. I feel very lucky and look forward to continuing on this journey with her support

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Frequently Asked Questions On Dance Physiotherapy

What is dance physio?

Dance physiotherapy is an area of physiotherapy focused on helping dancers, figure skaters, gymnasts and other athletes and performing artists. The most common reason a dance or performing artist sees their physiotherapist is after an injury has happened and they want to get back to their activity.

Other areas your dance physiotherapist can help you include improving your ability to perform various techniques, carrying out different assessments to gauge your ability and readiness to dance and developing an appropriate exercise rehab program to improve your strength and core stability.

What are the 5 common dance injuries?

With dancing, gymnastics and other performing arts, a high degree of control and athleticism is often required. With the rigorous training and repeated impacts, injuries are common and do happen. Some of the more frequent injuries include things such as: concussions, hip bursitis, labral tears, hip impingement, achilles tendonitis, knee sprains or strains, trigger toe, ankle sprains, stress fractures, low back pain and sometimes even arthritis.

How are dance injuries treated?

Your dance physiotherapist has many tools at their disposal to help in treating your dance injury. Depending on the nature of your injury, your treatment may involve hands-on manual therapy to ease tension and improve mobility.

Your physio may use tape or braces for added support to prevent re-injury and help in return to dance. Specific exercise rehabilitation usually plays an important role in your recovery, as you regain strength, flexibility, balance and control. Part of that exercise rehab may also include a variety of clinical pilates movements.

How do you become a dance physiotherapist?

To become a physiotherapist, you must firstly graduate from a university with a degree in physiotherapy. This usually takes between 3-4 years. After graduating, you would then take additional post-graduate training in a variety of clinical topics such as sports physiotherapy and clinical pilates. They may complete additional certification in areas such as concussion therapy and dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS).

Get Help For Your Dancers In Burnaby

Dancers and performing artists need specialized care. Their bodies are finely tuned instruments. Get help recovering from an injury or improving your technique

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