Dance is highly demanding and requires extraordinary flexibility, balance, power and endurance. To properly execute movements, the dancer assumes positions that place excess stress on bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, thus leading to high injury rates. The majority of injuries are due to overuse or misuse with one third attributed to trauma. Young dancers, in their growth spurt, are particularly susceptible to injury. Moira Docherty, DPT at Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in the Costa Mesa office, is a life-long dancer with a B.F.A. in dance. She understands the complex movement patterns of dance and offers individualized evidence-based treatment programs combined with clinical experience for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Moira is a valued member of the ABT Gillespie School dance medical team.
Specialized physical therapy care for:
- Musculoskeletal Issues:
- Foot, Ankle, Knee, Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder & Hip
- Muscle, Tendon, Ligament – Sprain, Strains & Tears
- Analysis of Movement Patterns
- Manual Therapy (joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, MET) to restore alignment and address muscle imbalance.
- Strength Training, Conditioning & Stabilization
- Power, Endurance, Coordination & Motor Control Performance Optimization
- Concussion Rehabilitation
- Injury Prevention Programs
5 tips for dance injury prevention
- It is important to warm up before dancing, however, stretching cold muscles before warming up can actually lead to injury
- Cross-training can help prevent injuries (i.e.: swimming, pilates, etc). Pilates can help develop and strengthen core muscles that are crucial for dancing. Swimming is an aerobic exercise that will help build endurance and compliments the techniques used in dance.
- Get a pre-pointe evaluation before starting pointe work. En pointe is very demanding and the body needs to have sufficiently matured with adequate bone development before proceeding. Other factors include: basic ballet technique, specific strength and mobility of the feet and ankles, turnout, balance, alignment, and core control.
- Avoid starting pointe too early (>age 12)
- Don’t dance through the pain. Get in touch with a health care professional to avoid serious injury.
If you are a dancer, please call us and ask about our
Complimentary Assessment Program for Pain, Weakness & Range of Motion