4 Nov

SWOT VAC or Sore Back

Exam season is upon us, which means summer holidays are not far away! But when it’s time to hit the books, we often let our regular exercise routine wane in the month of November. Did you know that sitting puts the highest amount of load through your back and neck compared to any other position? […]

18 Oct

Boom Bust Blog // Physiotherapist Madeleine Hicks

Are You A Boom-Buster? What is your relationship with pain? Is it a healthy one? Do you respect each other? Or do you try and ignore pain even when it is screaming at you to listen?  …You may be a boom buster. A boom buster is usually strong and determined, hardworking, often equipped with a […]

2 Oct

Spinal Health for the Modern Lifestyle // Physiotherapist Madeleine Hicks

Spinal Health for the Modern Lifestyle  By Maddie Hicks Deskbound? Headaches? Back stiffness? Most of us are aware we spend more of the day sitting than we should. It can be challenging, to say the least, to keep moving around during the day when you have work demands and tasks to get done, then you […]

24 Aug

As Simple as Breathing // Senior Physiotherapist Andrew Pilcher

It’s As Simple as Breathing A look at breathing and how it effects our movement- by Senior Physiotherapist Andrew Pilcher Many would experience ‘breathing well‘, as a very complicated thing. It is of course automatic, but can be the source of so much muscle imbalance. If you just think of your breath, what’s happening right […]

12 Aug

A Balancing Act // Titled Physiotherapist Catherine Etty-Leal

A Balancing Act… Life in this day and age can be busy…really busy! Between work, family, social life and all the other things we try and cram into our lives, it can feel like we’re trying to balance 100 things or more all at once. And then you pay a visit to your physio to […]

4 Jun

Keeping Warm at Competitions // Dance Physiotherapist Haydee Ferguson

Keeping Warm at Competitions  Now that winter has definitely set in, it’s important to remember to keep your body warm whilst at competitions! Leotards, tights, and tutu’s are not the warmest of costumes and we all know that dancing cold is not the way to dance at your best. Often competitions are held at community […]

9 May

Posterior Impingement

Posterior Impingement By Dance & Vocal Physiotherapist Maddie Hicks Pain on rise and en pointe? Discomfort in plie? Tender and puffy behind the ankle? Pain that’s slowly increasing Morning stiffness in the back of the ankle If your answer to all these is yes, then you might have posterior impingement While common in the dance […]

9 Mar

DANCER’S HIP PAIN: Why surgery isn’t a silver bullet

Dancer’s Hip Pain – Why surgery is not a silver bullet For all those dancers out there, hip pinching, grabbing and pain can be your biggest barrier when you are in class or rehearsals, or, when you are trying to do a retire, développé or grande battement (or anything for that matter!).   Naturally, when […]

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 […]