Annie Strauch (she/her) is a passionate performance physiotherapist with extensive experience working with professional performers and athletes. As well as being one of Australia’s leading Vocal Physiotherapists.
A titled APA Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Annie holds both a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Annie utilities manual therapy or “hands on” treatment and dry needling in conjunction with rehabilitation, to tailor her treatments to each and every client.
This passion for performance physiotherapy developed on London’s West End where she managed performers in over 30 productions. Immersed, she learnt so much about the performance industry, and the incredible results from Vocal Physiotherapy. Annie returned to Australia and saw the physical hardships of performers, especially singers and voice artists. After that, Performance Medicine was born, to provide a safe haven for singers, dancers and performers where they can receive tailored and focused physiotherapy treatment. She has brought the science to the art to improve the physical sustainability of the life of a performing artist.
Annie now manages many Melbourne based and touring theatre productions providing injury prevention, treatment and movement development. She is also the resident physiotherapist for the Melbourne Theatre Company.
With extensive experience in the treatment and enhancement of the professional voice using vocal unloading techniques, Annie works alongside ENT specialists, speech pathologists and vocal coaches. In addition to this, Annie presents Vocal Physiotherapy workshops for both physiotherapists and speech pathologists.
When she isn’t working hard at the clinic she enjoys having fun with her family, fitness training and snow skiing.
Memberships: Sports Physiotherapy Association (SPA) (committee member); Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association (MPA); Dance Network, Australian Voice Association (AVA), Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH), International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), Laryngology Society of Australia (LSA)