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Professional dancers endure hundreds of hours of practice, countless rehearsals, push their bodies into positions that the average human being or athlete cannot which have to be sustained for long periods of time. This is why it is essential that they receive physiotherapy from a professional who understands and specialises in the hardships that the dancer’s body goes through.
Physiotherapy is the treatment of disorders affecting the bones and muscles, encompassing sporting and general injuries, physical deterioration brought on by disease, illness or age, physical disabilities and growth disorders. A physiotherapist’s role is to improve the flexibility and comfort of patients.
They discuss dancer’s complaints and symptoms, look at medical histories and perform tests in order to identify a condition and devise the best treatment strategy.
All methods of treatment adopted by a physiotherapist are non-invasive i.e. non-surgical. They use a range of therapies including, massage, manipulation, stretching, exercise, hydrotherapy and electrotherapy.
Physiotherapists who specialise in the treatment of dancers can be based within professional dance companies, dance schools or private practices.
As is the case for all healthcare professional, keeping patients relaxed and comfortable should be a top priority, along with maintaining extremely high standards of cleanliness throughout the workspace.