Specialist In Dancers Injury Solutions
Specialist In Dancers Injury Solutions
A Multidisciplinary Team
The Dance Clinic comprises a multidisciplinary team, inclusive of soft tissue injury experts, pain management consultant, performance and sports psychologist, strength and conditioning coaches, performers and technical advisors. We are an independent team working with individuals, dance companies, academies and schools.
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Dance Clinic comprises a core first line team of a soft tissue injury and body mechanics specialist and strength and conditioning coaches with great competencies in injury prevention, post injury rehabilitation and dance specific strength programming. Add to that performers and teachers, pain management consultants and a sports psychologist, then you have a great team at your disposal.
Our extended referral team includes many of the country’s leading sports medicine experts, including Olympic Team Osteopaths, dance specific Physiotherapists and Doctors should more investigative work be required before treatment.
Working with individual dancers, professional companies, youth programmes and vocational schools, offering assessments, treatments, development programmes and more, we work in a variety of ways; acting as a clinical team for organisations, as an extension of an existing support team or very simply with individuals and their families to help further and enhance a dancer’s career.
Dance Clinic was created because of the vast experience that the team has in the repair, management and rehabilitation of all manner of dancing injuries.
Professional and amateur dancers, like all athletes, can push their bodies to the limits. The risk of injury is high, as are often the stakes involved, especially with professionals and competitive groups. With over 35 years experience in the treatment of all too common impacts, sprains and strains of professional dancers, the Dance Clinic team are able to bring together, not only great knowledge of injury repair, but their injury management and conditioning programmes developed by performers for performers.
We stress the importance of prevention and encourage all dancers to take their physical conditioning and preparation as seriously as they do their technical ability and performance skills.
In addition to the physical therapy and development work, we cannot ignore the importance of emotional Wellbeing and a positive Mindset.
The understanding of oneself, emotions, anxiety, even how to cope with injury, then return to training and performance is vital in any dancer’s ability to move themselves forward and achieve everything that is possible. That is why we have a Sports Psychologist on the team who has ‘danced the path’ before you. Really understanding the rigours of training and on stage performance, we can help in a truly holistic manner.
You know a great performance when you see it or when you dance it. There’s something different, a feeling that everything is connected. Music and movement are symbiotic, the timing is perfection and the dance is experienced as much as it is performed.
The body is an integral part of that relationship. It must be balanced, structured and feel able to move fluidly without hesitation. Then passion in dance, is created by the performer simply living the experience.
Just as a dancer’s body speaks on a stage, it tells its history, through it’s alignment and its ability to function. Peak performance is achieved by a totality of many factors being balanced. The mind, spirit and body; being positive, feeling the moment and connecting through the expression of physical movement.
An insight into our methodology.
Human form and function has been our fascination for decades. Whilst ‘No Body’ is perfect, striving to achieve body balance is an enormously important part of creating an injury free status. Trained eyes and experience can easily spot where imbalance, degrees of misalignment and a loss of functionality are apparent.
The body’s tensions, connective structures and activity levels then guide to the source of any injury, establishing the problem and the course of treatment required. Muscles of the body can only ‘pull’. These forces give us function, locomotion, stability and strength. If these structures are imbalanced or not functioning correctly, then the Zero Line is lost creating further deviation and possible cause of pain and injury.
Long Term & Chronic pain
Post Operative Recovery
Dance Specific Strength & Conditioning
Injury Prevention Strategies
Negative Muscular Loading
Applied Sports Psychology
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Dance Companies & Academies
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