When you want to work at peak performance or your pain overshadows your art, you need help from someone who speaks your language. Physical therapy for dancers including dance-specific rehabilitation and conditioning is an essential component of any dancer’s self-care and physical maintenance routine. As a dancer, you ask a lot of your body on a daily basis and it is crucial to give it the specific care it needs to continue to perform at a high level.
Finding a qualified physical therapist with the proper experience and training to help you recover from an injury or take your performance capabilities to the next level can be difficult. At Life’s Work Physical Therapy, you’ll work one-on-one with our orthopedic manual therapy-certified physical therapist with experience in dance and performing arts. When dancers work with a physical therapist who has a dance medicine background, they’ll improve with someone who understands their goals, sets realistic expectations about healing with regards to performances, uses dance-specific terminology, and tailors the rehab program to dance-specific movements.
Performing Arts Physical Therapy Activities
At Life’s Work, our expert dance physical therapist will develop a personalized dance-specific conditioning and rehabilitation program based on your specific needs that focuses on you, the performer, as a whole. Our PT understands the unique challenges of performing artists, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and tap dancers; aerial performers; figure skaters and more.
Our dance therapy program includes proper conditioning that can help you get ready to transition into pointe shoes, improve balance, increase the height of jumps, flexibility, strength for partnering, cardiovascular endurance and more. If there is a part of your dancing that is difficult for you, participating in a dance conditioning program with a qualified physical therapist can help you improve in specific areas in a one-on-one environment.
Dance conditioning may also include some cross training. Cross training is when a dancer does another activity, different from dance, which supports improvements in their dance technique through muscular strengthening, flexibility training, and cardiovascular exercise. It may be difficult and intimidating to find a cross training activity that addresses an area that is lacking but that does not have the potential to negatively impact your dance. Physical therapy for dancers can help you identify the right cross-training activities to reach your goals.
Dance Medicine Options
Dance rehabilitation is physical therapy with a strong focus on rehabilitation from dance injuries. The rehabilitation process can address both new and old dance injuries with exercises and activities intentionally aimed at dance-specific movements. For instance, if a ballet dancer sprains their ankle, their rehab will need to focus on getting back en pointe. Exercises need to be done in a turned-out position, and the dancer needs coaching on how to safely return to full classes and rehearsal. Without proper guidance, a dancer may return too early and reinjure or prolong the healing process. Often the dancer does not need to refrain from all class work but will need to modify classes and their dance schedule to allow for proper healing.
Get Personalized Dance Physical Therapy
Get back to center stage with Life’s Work! Reach out today to schedule an assessment with our dance medicine specialist or call 503.295.2585.