OSTEOPATHY AND DANCE INJURIES
Dancers, actors, musicians
With treatment from our osteopaths you will be able to depend on your body to perform in your art form whether it be on stage or on screen, playing an instrument or in dance when you are under intense and repetitive physical strain.
With a strong connection to dancers and their industry, the team at Middle Park Osteopathic Clinic understands the unique physical demands of this beautiful yet incredibly demanding physical art.
Whatever your level, training as a dancer is unlike any other sport. There is such a high physical demand on your body that it is imperative to know if there are any dysfunctional muscles or pelvic imbalances.
Dysfunction or imbalances, specifically in the pelvis and sacroiliac joints, may present as restriction in the lower back, and tightness of the gluteals, hamstrings, hip flexors, inner thigh and calf muscles. You may not be having any pain but it may be limiting your dance potential.
The back and pelvis, if imbalanced, can prevent the high kick you are hoping for, or the turn out that just isn’t completely comfortable. Healthy joints are important for a dancer as they influence a dancer’s mobility, flexibility and strength, and minimise the risk of dance injuries.
Osteopathic assessment and treatment is important for acute injury rehabilitation or management of long standing problems. We treat dancers for a variety of complaints.
Common dance related injuries we see at Middle Park Osteopathic Clinic:
- Muscle strains and tears of the hamstrings, calf, inner thigh/adductors, hip flexors
- Joint sprains of the foot & ankle, knee, hip, lower back and sacroiliac joints
- Ligament strains and tears of the ankles, feet, knees and hips
- Bursitis of the hip and knee
- Tendon problems of the Achilles, hamstrings and knee
- Lower back and pelvic pain
- Foot pain and dysfunction from dancing en pointe
Some signs you might notice that indicate treatment could be of benefit:
- Reduced leg kick height
- Difficulty in splits
- Favourite or preferred sides
- Discomfort in turn out
If you have a dance injury and would like to visit an experienced osteopath that can assist speed up your recovery, then either book an appointment online or call us on (03) 9908 2844 today.
Whether a stage or screen actor there is many physical demands on an Actors body that can create pain or injury.
Allow yourself to move with complete comfort to stretch yourself and perform at your best.
Repetitive movements and holding postures associated with your instrument for long periods can lead to tension in your body that can make you uncomfortable. We can help to advise you on your ergonomics and postures as well as correcting imbalance and tightness in your body so you can play with ease for as long as you choose.
The technicality required by the body in order to use its voice as an instrument is quite extraordinary.
Our performing arts Osteopaths can work on areas such as your thoracic cage, diaphragm, jaw mechanics and muscles of both respiration and muscles that control the jaw.
With reduced tension and increased balance in these areas the mechanics of singing are supported and improved.