Dance Physiotherapy is a special field of physiotherapy. The main focus is on improving a dancers’ health and wellness. Dancing stronger and longer is the goal at Cedar Chiropractic & Physiotherapy. We specialize in Dance Physiotherapy which integrates clinical expertise, a dancer’s values and scientific research into the decision making process in a dancer’s care.
Dance Screening: aimed at helping you discover your body’s strengths and weaknesses and the implications they might have on preventing injury
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 and feet/ankle strength and flexibility to dance on pointe?
Clinical Pilates: expand your body’s potential by incorporating Pilates-based rehabilitative exercises into your dance training. Benefits guaranteed!
Dancer’s Hip Turn Out: are you using the correct ‘turn-out’ muscle group? Do you have enough mobility and strength in your hips?
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’?
Dance Performance Enhancement: do you lack the physical strength and flexibility or is there a physiological reason for your sub-optimal performance? We can help you identify the source
Workshops for Dancers and Dance Teachers
Onsite Dance Movement Assessment: we will come to your dance studio where your take classes and practice to assess your movement in action
As a dancer, you major tool is your body, unlike a golfer or a badminton player, their tools are their golf clubs and badminton racquets, which are replaceable with better technology and lighter weight. Dancers don’t have the luxury to replace their body and you only have one body! Wouldn’t you want to know how to ‘switch on’ each part of your body, each muscles and joints when you want to, for optimal movement control?
Majority of dancers’ injuries result from overuse or misuse, rather than traumatic injuries. The goal of dance injury prevention is to optimize technique and avoid common errors. It takes an individualized approach as we are made differently. Managing dance movements requires fluidity, control, precision and power which require postural strength and awareness, and a balanced strength, flexibility and control.
Our specialized team of dance physiotherapists are here to help! We have the skills to assess dancers’ body and identify individualized strength and weakness, and lead you to the path that excels you towards your dancing goals
As a competitive Ballroom Dancer, I went to May because of chronic knee problems. Not only did May 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, May 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 to have met May and look forward to continuing on this journey with her support.