DANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY
Dance Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy for Dance Injuries
Dance Physical Therapy is focused on the prevention, assessment, and treatment/management of dance related injuries. In order to treat a dancer holistically, a provider specializing in dance PT should have a strong understanding of dance technique, the dancing and performance environment, rigors of a rehearsal and performance schedule, age related changes associated with a dancer’s life, and the effects of shoe-ware, costumes, and sets on a dancer’s health.
Dance Injury Rehabilitation utilizes treatment based in movement analysis that targets the injury or weakness as it relates to dance or other functional activity. Hands-on treatment such as soft tissue and joint mobilization, and comprehensive motor control exercises are essential components to these sessions.
50 minute session- $120
Comprehensive Dance Injury Prevention/
Pre-Pointe Dance Assessment
Based on research and recommendations by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, this screening includes a comprehensive physical tests and measures as well as movement skills assessment, and includes the key pointe-readiness screening tests and a comprehensive movement analysis.
At the end of the assessment, the dancer is categorized as “high,” “medium,” or “low” risk and given exercises targeting their specific areas of weakness, thereby reducing injury that could potentially result from dance or other physical activity.
If requested, the therapist will provide also provide a recommendation of pointe-readiness: “Ready,” “Recheck in 6/12 months,” or “Not appropriate for Pointe-work.” If the student is told to recheck in 6 months, they will be given exercises geared toward improving their areas of weakness so that they can be successful at the reassessment. A brief summary of injury risk and pointe-readiness will be given to the student and dance teacher following the assessment.
50 minute session- $90
Express Pre-Pointe Assessment
This assessment includes the key standardized pointe-readiness physical and movement tests. These key tests have been validated by the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science to assess for pointe-readiness. At the end of the exam, the dancer will be given a recommendation based on the physical therapist’s assessment: “Ready,” “Recheck in 6/12 months,” or “Not appropriate for Pointe-work.” If the student is told to recheck in 6 months, they may be given exercises geared toward improving their areas of weakness so that they can be successful at the reassessment. A brief summary of injury risk and pointe-readiness will be given to the student and dance teacher following the assessment.
30 minute session- $65
Following a comprehensive exam by our Dance Physical Therapist, this session allows specific and individualized needs to be met through a tailored exercise program specifically for the dancer, as the therapist guides the dancer through a series of targeted exercise progressions.
Note: Dancer must have completed one of the evaluations above to schedule this type of session.
30 minute session-$65