Performance Recovery Program for Dancers
A healthy dancer is the optimal performer
Preventive Maintenance and Dance Wellness
Halle Racuya Lum, an 8-year-old dancer who visited Yoshimoto Physical Therapy for simultaneous injuries to her left Achilles Tendinitis and right posterior Tibialis Tendinitis. She received instructions on self care and Kinesio Taping which enabled her to participate in her performances without missing a single practice.
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Physical therapy was given prior to her performances to ensure her success performing her dance movements.
If you dance competitively, your perseverance and determination may lead to acute or chronic repetitive overuse injury. Our clinicians will assess the cause of your injury and establish a physical therapy program, which may include manual therapy techniques, massage and mobilization, proper stretches, and dance-specific exercises. Our wellness program is designed to address the musculoskeletal and performance needs of the professional dancer.
Hawaii boasts the world's best hula dancers as well as highly accomplished ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop dancers of all ages. When injury strikes, many dancers seek Yoshimoto Physical Therapy. Why? We've been treating dance injuries since 1995 and have a proven track record of success in this area.
Do you dance competitively? We understand that you may need to continue dancing during your rehabilitation. You'll receive the most efficient treatment program to ensure a speedy recovery so you can participate in your next performance with minimal interruption of performance training.
Our clinicians will help you regain your top form by restoring flexibility and proper biomechanics. We will ensure balanced muscle function; improve core strength; and provide movement re-education, proprioception, and kinesthetic sense vital to dance rehabilitation.
The Performance Recovery Program features three stages for all ages. We treat dancers from age five through adulthood.
Stage 1 - Free Assessment
Stage 2 - Physical Therapy Sessions
- FREE 15-minute assessment of injuries.
- Kinesio Taping for immediate care of injury.
- Education on a personal self- care program.
Stage 3 - Physician Referral
- Personal injury management. Our physical therapists will ensure continued care so that you can still perform while injured.
We provide all athletes (professional, college, high-school, grade school, and recreational) with a customized, sport-specific program to improve their flexibility, strength, speed, balance, and explosive power. Our goal is to return our patients to their sport in a timely manner.
- Should the injury be severe, we can guide you to the appropriate specialists. We have established relationships with the leading physicians in Hawai'i who specialize in dance medicine.
Dance Rehab Testimonials:
"I've been dancing since the age of 4 and teaching dance for 14 years when I hurt my knee this past Fall. It was my first knee injury in over 35 years of dance. At the time of my injury I could barely bend my knee, much less put any weight on it. I was diagnosed with chondromalacia.
Determined to get my knee back into dancing condition, I went to see Dean at Yoshimoto Physical Therapy to regain strength in my legs and range of motion in my knee. Dean assessed my injury and prescribed a series of exercises to strengthen the muscles around my knee combined with massage and electrotherapy.
Within a month, my legs were getting stronger and the swelling diminished. Thanks to Dean and his staff at Yoshimoto PT, by the end of the second month, I had regained the range of motion in my knee, strength in my legs and was back to dancing and teaching as if the injury had never occurred."
~ Maile Racuya Lum
Punahou School Jazz Dance Instructor
Honolulu Dance Studio Instructor
Former National Cheerleading Association (NCA) All-American Collegiate Cheerleader
"I was dancing the role of Spanish Chocolate in Hawaii Ballet Theater's 2010 production of 'The Nutcracker', a role I had performed before. I was coming back to dancing after several years of early childcare sprinkled with regular Pilates, yoga and weight training classes. During a final dress rehearsal, I pulled my hip flexor so badly that I could not bear weight on my leg for the next 12 hours. Dean was able to assess and treat my injury the very next day. Over the course of the following week, his treatment was so successful that I was able to rehearse and eventually perform the second weekend of shows. It had always been my hope to perform in 'The Nutcracker' with my 7-year-old daughter, and Dean and his staff at Yoshimoto Physical Therapy made it possible!"
~ Allison Higa, Honolulu
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