Tag physiotheraphy

4 Mar


THE HISTORY OF THE POINTE SHOE Ballet has constantly evolved we see this in the quintessential symbol of ballet – the pointe shoe. From heels, to darned slippers to the block shoe of today, ballet shoes have changed significantly over the centuries. Let’s get to the point-e Courtly Dance – In Heels! Ballet found its […]

15 Feb

The Elusive Turnout

The Elusive Turn Out   What is it? How do I get it? Can I improve it? As a young dancer, I was guilty of forcing my turn out despite great teachers because as dancers, when do we ever feel we’ve perfected something?! I was always striving for more, better, further and higher. However, when […]

24 Jan


Beat the Heat  How to Keep to your Exercise Regime I love summer. In the cold of winter, while I hunt for any sun patches, I dream of a blissful life lived in the summer sun. Then it arrives and I remember the realities of a Victorian summer. Blistering heat, hairdryer winds and the need […]

16 Jan

Rehab- How to be better, fitter, and stronger after injury

How to be better, fitter, and stronger after injury Injuries aren’t always avoidable, yet despite their prevalence it can still be a scary, confusing, and confronting time for a lot of dancers, singers and performers. Especially if it’s an injury requiring a duration of time away from work or the thing you love. The best […]

10 Jan


TEXT NECK As we become more dependent on technology in the 21st century, new sustained postural positions are created causing imbalances in our muscles. “Text Neck” is an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury to the neck caused by holding your head in a forward and downward position for extended periods of time. When holding […]

4 Jan

Fear of Injury

Fear of Injury Written by: Haydee Ferguson, Physiotherapist When you ask a performer what their biggest fear is – many will say it is the fear of getting injured. However, it is important to remember that your performing life is not necessarily over because of an injury. In fact, an injury can turn out to […]

30 Dec

Confessions of a Crack Addict

Confessions of a Crack Addict The truth is I’m a crack addict.  A hip crack addict that is… Growing up in the ballet studio it was the norm to click, clunk, crunch, crack, snap, pop, and grind. It’s almost a rite of passage as a dancer, and when friends and family looked at me horrified […]

20 Dec

Twelve Tips of Christmas

The 12 Tips of Christmas Myotherapist, Alana Pryor  Excited for Christmas? We are! In the midst of parties, decorations, food and fun we have a few tips that can help you get through the silly season. 1. Lifting. It’s December. You can now officially start decorating. But wait…before you sling that christmas tree over your […]

30 Nov

The Lymphatic System & Manual Lymphatic Drainage

The Lymphatic System The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of cellular waste. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The lymphatic system primarily consists of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the […]

21 Nov


Hypermobility Last month, at our home base clinic in Southbank, the Performance Medicine team held a hypermobility seminar. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Well gosh darn it, I really wanted to go to that one!!’ Don’t worry we will be running another next year! The focus of the seminar was to present relevant information about […]

13 Nov

A Day in The Life

A DAY IN THE LIFE Written by our lovely Year 10 work experience student: Mandy This week Tessa and I completed our work experience at Performance Medicine. This work place was very welcoming and amazingly positive 🙂 When you walk into Performance Medicine you are greeted with a warm smile from front desk while catching a glimpse of […]

22 Oct

6 Spooky Theatre Superstitions Uncovered

6 Spooky Theatre Superstitions Uncovered Theatres are awash in superstitions. Ghosts roam the boards, certain colours, phrases, props and even whistling are avoided. Particular rituals are played out nightly in theatres across the world. Whether or not you truly believe these superstitions, if you are involved in the the theatre, chances are you follow these […]

2 Oct

Self Jaw release

Self Jaw release Our amazing Senior Physiotherapist Andrew Pilcher has decided to dive, head first into the world of VLOGS! For his first introductory video, he discusses the techniques for self jaw release, the right way. A fantastic short and sweet tool kit for singers, musicians and people who like to chat 😉 >>> HERE <<<

19 Sep


WELCOME TO THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE PERFORMANCE MEDICINE TEAM! Sports Doctor & General Practitioner DR. Jason Lam  We are thrilled to announce that we are welcoming Jason to our team so that we are able to help more clients in more ways, to reach their ultimate performance!     Jason was originally a professional dancer […]

14 Sep

Real Time Ultrasound for Musicians

Real time Ultrasound Why do we use this for singers and instrumentalists?   How can real time ultrasound help you with your “breath” or “breath support” if you are a musician?   Ask yourself these simple questions- Do you feel that there is something blocking your breath or breath support? What is your body awareness […]

10 Sep

Compression Wear Myths BUSTED!

Is compression wear all that is is cracked up to be? Read on to learn more about it!   Does it actually work? There is research investigating the benefits of compression wear. Unfortunately, it is hard to make a definitive statement one way or the other as each study that has been done has looked […]

4 Sep

Brass & Woodwind – what position is best to play?

What is your favourite position to play your instrument in? Research has reported that standing up is the favourite position of woodwind and brass players (Ackerman, et al., 2014).  However, it seems that most of your rehearsals are set up for sitting down on the old bucket seat in the school gym. When looking at […]

21 Aug

Goal Setting & Self Care for Performers

What can YOU do to improve your focus towards your goals as a creative? Often times, we can feel such a sense of failure & of self analysis that the voices inside our heads can get quite overwhelming. Everyone knows that performers are busy and have lots to maintain in their lives! Dance technique, fitness, […]

15 Aug

What is the QF?

What is the QF?   Have you heard of the muscle called QF? …if you haven’t here is all you need to know about this awesome little muscle. If you are PM patient who is working on a hip injury or pelvis stability, then you probably have heard it mentioned in an appointment- But even if […]

10 Aug

Are you Mindful?

Are you Mindful? Mindfulness is the current buzzword & modern mindfulness has evolved through many forms of meditation- Essentially, you are looking to train your mind to be more present with the body and with its surroundings.   There are many ways you can practice mindfulness, and it is a skill that should be practiced […]