Osteo for dancers - Pre-point assessment - Spring Osteo - Surrey Hills

Osteo for dancers

We can work with you through your dance career to assist with injury rehabilitation, management and prevention.

We understand when you say “my foot hurts when I Osteopathy for dancersrelevé” or “my développé devant is lower than everyone else’s”, because we have an osteopath who is also a dancer.

Ways in which we may assist a dancer:

1. Injury rehabilitation and management

There are many factors that may contribute to a dancer becoming injured including suboptimal flooring, increased training hours, hypermobility or even accidents in class, but the number one cause of injury is faulty or non-optimal technique.  We can work with you to discover the root cause of your injury and address it using a mix of manual therapy, exercises and technique correction. We can even find ways to help you participate in class while you’re recovering from injury.

2. Prevention and pre-pointe assessment

Why do a pre-pointe assessment? Pre-pointe assessments greatly assist with injury prevention and are designed for students who are about to go en pointe. Although this is an exciting time, it is important your body is ready to deal with the particular demands of pointe work given that between the ages of 11-13 your bones and joints are still developing and growing. Readiness is determined by your individual biomechanical strengths and weaknesses along with other factors such as your age, technical ability, years of training and type of dance training.

What happens during the appointment? We will look at your technique in key ballet positions, and assess the strength, mobility and flexibility of your body particularly focusing on your hips, feet and spine. We will also assess any pre-existing injuries you may have.

Will I be able to go en pointe immediately? Every student has different biomechanical factors which need to be addressed before they progress to pointe. To assist with reaching your goal, we can provide you with a series of graded exercises for you to work on at home and in class. It takes time to develop new skills and change old habits, so it may take several follow-up appointments before you progress onto pointe.

Who makes the final decision? At the end of the appointment we will provide feedback on your readiness for pointe, prescribe specific exercises that will assist you in your transition and offer recommendations for when you purchase your first pair of shoes. We will also generate a report for your dance teacher, who will ultimately make the final decision.

Georgia Macdonald OsteopathGeorgia Macdonald, Osteopath

Georgia has a passion for treating dancers and would love to work with you.  Having trained in ballet throughout her life she understands the specific terminology of dance and the demand it places on your body. Georgia is an osteopath and clinical Pilates instructor. She has completed further specific study with dance educator and physiotherapist Lisa Howell (founder of the Ballet Blog) and the Harkness Centre for Dance Injuries (New York). Georgia has also completed courses in providing Pilates and dance conditioning for dancers to help you achieve your best.

To book with Georgia:  www.springosteo.com.au or 9830 7044