The majority of physical restrictions start with poor control and alignment of the joints, which in turn affects the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Physiotherapy combines advanced manual techniques with joint mobilisation and specific exercises to treat the joints and soft tissues, helping you restore normal function, flexibility and control after injury. A carefully designed therapeutic exercise plan is then given to maintain optimal physical function.
PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT SCREENING
Screening is used both to identify potential problems at an early stage, and to develop prevention. It will help you to know your body better and enhance your training regime. We offer both a dance-specific movement screening and one tailored for musical theatre students.
What to expect at the screening?
- Functional physiotherapy assessment: A physiotherapist will investigate previous injury history and evaluate potential risk for future injury (weaknesses, tightness, range of motion restrictions and muscular imbalances)
- Range of motion/ flexibility measurements: Range of motion and muscle flexibility are important aspects of dance performance
- Muscular strength, endurance and power measurements: These tests measure core muscular endurance, upper body strength and endurance, lower limb power and lower limb endurance
- Feedback: Individual one-to-one feedback sessions and a personal report will allow you to get recommendations for optimising training and performance that can be applied directly to your personal artistic practice
ACUPUNCTURE / DRY NEEDLING
Dry needling and Acupuncture use the same filiform needles. The practitioner inserts the needle using a technique that elicits a “twitch response,” an involuntary reaction in the muscle that enables it to release tension. The immediate elongation of the muscle fibers allows the muscle to relax. When the needle taps the tight tissue, it creates a micro-trauma which brings a lot of blood to the area and helps improve the range of motion decrease pain levels.
The first time a dancer experiences this type of needling, it is encouraged not to dance for the next 24 hours. This gives the performers a chance to find out how long they will experience soreness, as the twitch response can release a fair amount of lactic acid, so the performer can be quite sore after.
A sports massage is typically a combination of several massage techniques that are tailored to your affected muscle groups based on the activities that you do. A properly administered sports massage can help flush the lactic acid out of your body.
Many injuries are brought about by overusing certain muscles. This can result in soreness, pain and inflammation. Regularly scheduled sports massages can help reduce the likelihood of the muscles becoming overused in the first place and can also help reduce the initial inflammation that leads to injury.
It can also help reduce the chance of injury recurrence. Massage is most effective at treating soft-tissues injuries such as strains, sprains and stress injuries.
To perform at their best, performers need to be adequately fueled for the activities in which they participate regularly: classes, rehearsals, and performances/competitions. That is why it is important to provide them with concise and practical strategies regarding the types and amounts of food that are needed to sustain health across the variety of activities performers participate in, specifically addressing a balance of nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, micronutrients and fluids.
Our philosophy is to always use food as a tool. We never work with strict diets, strange methods or products that substitute food. We will teach you how and what to eat so that you can learn how to maintain a healthy diet while keeping up with the demands of dance training.