Ballet and Dance Physiotherapy


Dance physiotherapy applies the current evidence-based sports medicine theory and
practice to this specific population with a thorough understanding of what is required of a
dancer from junior student to pre-professional and professional levels.

Services provided

Pre-pointe assessments

Pointe work traditionally commences at the age of 12 for female dancers. At this time, these girls are often undergoing growth spurts and their dance loading can double or triple making this a very risky time for dancers in terms of injury.

Pointe work requires a good foundation of classical ballet technique as well as specific foot, ankle, knee and hip strength and control to be undertaken safely and enjoyably. If the dancer is strong and technically proficient in these areas when commencing pointe work, injury can be prevented and the development of poor habits can be avoided.

A pre-pointe assessment includes a thorough examination of the range of motion, strength and technical proficiency of the dancer. Current and past injuries, overall dance load, dance styles and age are considered. A tailored exercise program will be provided to address the individual dancer’s specific requirements.

A Pre-pointe report will be provided and copies available to your dance schools.

Assessment Cost:  $131
  • Assessment

    Identify what is going on for you and what the source of the problem is

  • Treatment

    Provide you with treatment to get you moving in the right direction immediately

  • Plan/Prevention

    Create a tailored solution to help treat and prevent dance injuries.

  • Safe return to dance

    Let our team guide you from injury to a safe return to dance ensuring no issues or re injury.

Dance specific injuries

Ballet places particular demands and loads on a dancer’s body. A unique collection of injury types is therefore seen in dancers that are less common in the general population.

Common dance specific injuries include:

  • Posterior ankle impingement
  • Os Trigonum syndrome
  • Flexor hallucis longus tenosynovistis
  • Metatarsal stress reactions and fractures
  • Patellofemoral pain syndome
  • Anterior hip impingement
  • Labral pathologies 
  • Hip flexor tendon pathology

    Importance of prevention


    A dancer’s body is paramount to their future health and success in the dance industry. With correct preventative measures and a sound technical foundation, injuries can be prevented and career length maximised. Certain strengthening exercises should be incorporated into a dancer’s daily conditioning routine, especially if the dancer is on pointe, to maintain adequate strength and stability.

    About our Dance Physiotherapists
    Elizabeth Eager
    Elizabeth Eager
    Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist - Physica Ringwood

    B.Physio, M. Musc. Physio - Musculoskeletal and sports injuries in children | Dance physiotherapy and pre-pointe assessment | Pre-and post-surgical rehabilitation | Shoulder and neck conditions
    Miranda Murphy
    Miranda Murphy
    Physiotherapist - Physica Ringwood

    B. Health Science, M. Physio, PGC. (MSK) - DANCE PHYSIOTHERAPY | PRE-POINTE ASSESSMENT | ANTE/POST-NATAL MUSCULOSKELETAL CONCERNS AND EXERCISE | HIP PAIN | CLINICAL PILATES AND EXERCISE