What Is Involved?
All of the therapists at Perfect Form Physiotherapy have significant experience in the dance industry at many levels; so our ability to talk the talk, and understand the multitude of pressures, both physically and psychologically that can make a huge difference in developing the optimal programming and treatment for your dancer. Our therapists have been specifically trained to conduct detailed pre-pointe assessments, creating training programs to correct their individual biomechanics and technical elements prior to going onto pointe.
In the Initial Pre-Pointe Assessment the therapist will assess the dancer in detail to determine their readiness for pointe. This includes assessing pointe range, foot control, turnout range and pelvic stability, core control and the application of all of these in basic ballet steps. A report is written, and the dancer is prescribed a set of exercises aimed to improve their capabilities in the identified areas.
All our Pre-Pointe and Dance Assessment consultations are an hour long, allowing the therapist to spend quality time with them and enable a thorough assessment, treatment (if necessary) and tailored exercise program development. While our assessments are detailed and specific, our aim is to never make a dancer feel small or incompetent but to empower them with the knowledge and tools that they need to succeed.
After working on their prescribed exercises at home for 3-6 weeks the dancer is usually reassessed to determine their progress. Anywhere from 1-5 appointments may be required before a dancer is achieves all of the components required to safely progress onto pointe. This is obviously dependent on their current level of training, and also their diligence with their home program.
We know this is a learning curve for many young ones, so we have also developed a wealth of resources to help your dancer stay focused, and achieve their dream in the fastest time frame.
We love working with passionate, dedicated dancers who want the best out of their training and value their health as an absolute priority. Whether your dancer plans to be en pointe for just a few years for fun or aims to be a professional dancer, they will need their body for the rest of their life. An investment in establishing correct biomechanics and technique prior to going onto pointe can make a dramatic difference to the long-term health of your feet and hips. It truly is an investment in their future.
Many of our elite clients choose to continue their sessions with us, often in the absence of any pain or injury. Especially if the dancer is dancing full time and aiming to pursue auditions and training overseas. We aim to make you the specialist in your own body - taking advantage of your opportunities and intelligently working on your challenges. Each dancer is unique, and while the destination may be the same, the process of how we get there may be quite different.
Perfect Form Physio is located just 6 mins walk from Central Station, and also has convenient on street parking. Parking on the surrounding streets is 2 hour metered parking.
Suite 404, Level 4, 88 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Call now to book your Pre-Pointe Assessment
Ph +612 9922 7721