We work individually with dancers to optimise their dance technique by assessing for any biomechanical dysfunctions, and prescribing Pilates based exercises to address these. This also involves an education process for the dancer to understand how their body best functions and moves.
Who will take me through my assessment?
The director and owner of Pure Osteopathy Noosa Dr Damian Kacperski is an Osteopath who has a special interest in the treatment and management of dancers of all ages. He is passionate about seeing dancers reach their full potential and enjoys educating her patients about their bodies.
Damian started dance at a young age and danced with a number of international ballet companies in Europe. He also performed in many musicals, however his favourite role was “Mr. Mistofeles” in musical “CATS”. His love of dance and the body is what first drew him towards becoming an Osteopath. Because of his previous career Damian understands the specific nature of dance training and utilizes his professional skills to treat dancers, assess dancers for strength and fitness and conduct pre-pointe assessments for ballet students.
What does an assessment involve?
- Damian will take a detailed history regarding general health, dance training, injury history and any concerns there may be with dance technique.
- He will then assess the dancer in a number of ways, looking at basic dance components including foot and trunk control.
- Objective examination of “core” function would be performed utilising Real Time ultrasound unit. That means that the deep abdominal muscles can be seen on the screen during the examination. Dancer can see himself if his “core” is functioning correctly.
Damian will perform hands-on Osteopathic techniques if required to improve movement or alignment in the body. He will also prescribe exercises that can be performed at home to improve the way the body is moving. The assessment will take up to one hour and it would be helpful if comfortable/dance clothes are worn so that she can best examine the body. With patient or parent/guardian permission, Damian will then communicate with the dance teacher with regard to her advice and the management plan
Who might benefit from an assessment?
- Dancers who have suffered from a recurrent injury to any part of their body.
- Dancers who are very “one side” dominant in their dance technique
- Dancers wanting to improve their technique and balance with the view on professional carrier.
- Dancers who are commencing pointe work (pre-pointe assessment)