Dance Medicine

Dance MedicineDance Medicine is the scientific study of dance and dancers, as well as the practical application of scientific principles to dance. Its aims are the enhancement of performance, the reduction of injury, and the improvement of well-being and health.

Typically, the subject areas within dance science are similar to those studied in “sports science”, though naturally with a focus on dance and the special considerations that this involves. They include: physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, psychology, biomechanics, nutrition, and similar. Contrary to sports science, however, dance science sometimes also studies related topics such as creativity and somatic techniques, including the practices of Pilates, yoga, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais method, Franklin Method etc.

At Trimetrics we assess and treat young North Shore dancers in particular those dedicated to ballet. We are fully equipped with knowledge, clinical expertise and Pilates equipment.
Physiotherapy assessment addresses spine hip shoulder alignment, muscle balance and performance, flexibility issues (sometimes excess flexibility causes as much injury as too little).

We use manual therapy acupuncture, IMS/dry needling where indicated, and movement specific exercise to correct imbalances that cause injury and hamper performance. We are unique in Vancouver in being able to offer a fully equipped Pilates studio so that our physiotherapists working alongside our Pilates instructors can tailor the rehab work exactly to the needs of the dancer. To assess core muscles we use real time ultrasound: an effective, immediate and non-invasive tool to accurately see how a dancer’s abdominal and spine muscle (core) are activating as imbalance between these muscles may generate asymmetry in performance which can lead to repetitive strain and injury. At all times our team will liaise with the dancer’s coach and medical doctor as needed to prevent and treat so lost time and opportunities for the dancer may be avoided.

The largest organization promoting dance science internationally is the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, (IADMS). As well as producing a scientific peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, it also holds an annual conference.

We congratulate our colleague Susie Higgins, physiotherapist and Pilates instructor, as she has been invited to present at the International Dance and Sports Medicine Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She will be co-presenting with Astrid Sherman from Pro Arte Centre on “Scoliosis in the Adolescent Dancer: a collaboration between dance teacher, physiotherapist and Pilates exercise specialist” on October 9th 2015.

For further information on assessment and treatment please contact Susie or Kirsten at the clinic email [email protected]