Dancers require a unique understanding of what they do and how their body moves

Pointe is a new step into a very individualised movement concept.

The need for strength and control without building muscle bulk is a very unusual requirement of an athlete, and therefore requires particular knowledge.

With a long history of gymnastics and aerials, our APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist Pia Jorgensen has experience with this unique body requirement.

Pre-Pointe Assessment

It is hard to tell a young dancer that they are not yet ready for pointe shoes.

Students (and parents) must realise that teachers and physiotherapists are firm due to the risk of serious injury in introducing pointe work too soon.

Most dancers are ready to begin pointe work between the ages of ten and twelve.

Starting pointe work is not just a question of age or physical maturity; readiness depends on strength, technique, attitude, and commitment.

The bones of the foot are not fully developed until sometime in the late teens or early twenties. There is rarely any harm in waiting. A dancer who starts pointe work a year later than her classmates almost always catches up.

If a young dancer attempts pointe work without proper strength and technique, the significant forces created by the combination of body weight and momentum can permanently damage those not-fully-developed bones.

Yet if a dancer is truly ready, if the introduction to pointe work is gradual and supervised by an experienced person, the risk of injury is minimal even if the bones are not fully formed.

This is why pre-pointe assessments can be so useful, they allow for student, parent, teacher and physiotherapist all to see what the student is currently capable of, and shine light on any areas of weakness or imbalance.

This helps that student reach her dancing goals with the best help possible and decreasing the chance of injury through her dance journey.

Injury Management for Dancers

80% of dancers experience a disabling injury during their career, however 98% of dance injuries are treated non-operatively making a physiotherapist an important friend to any dancer.

Due to the melding of art and sport within dance, the management of a dancer’s injury has to be as flexible and variable as this melding creates.

Pia at Aspire understands these demands, and is keen to help dancers back onto the stage with individualised management strategies for your dancing injury.

Dance Conditioning with Physiotherapy

Whether you have noticed an area that you would like to work on, or your teacher has noticed you require some specific advice, why not try some specific conditioning?

This will help to keep you on track, supplement your dance classes, return from injury and make you a stronger dancer.

Technology and dance have always worked together, but this time they are inseparable. Using the state of the art measuring system – AxIT, our physiotherapists can create a plan to help posture and muscle strain and get any dancer starting on the right foot.

Call us on (08) 9770 1107 or book in today.

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Covid-19/Coronavirus update

The SW has now entered the post Covid-19 lockdown era and Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury is back open for face-to-face physiotherapy appointments.

 

Our pre-lockdown COVID-19 management plan has been re-instated to ensure we do everything to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We have joined the SafeWA contact register to allow for easier contact tracing if needed.

Besides our stringent hygiene and cleaning procedures this includes asking our clients to self-screen prior to attending our premises. If you have any of the following symptoms, please call to reschedule your appointment: 

·       fever 

·       dry cough 

·       loss of taste and / or smell 

·       unexplained tiredness 

·       feeling unwell 

If you are unsure, please call (08) 9770 1107 to discuss your concerns with our friendly staff.

 

Keeping WA safe together! 

 

Your Aspire Physiotherapy Bunbury Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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