Musicians and dancers injuries require very specific interventions, very much due to their specific, often repeated actions. 2will physiotherapy is the official provider of physiotherapy & injuries management for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Apollo Theatre Company, and has helped numerous musicians and dancers of diverse types and abilities.
Our blend of knowledge that spans from chronic pain to sports injuries and rehabilitation, to technical aspects of instruments and dance allow us to treat musicians dancers most effectively. School of Music in Auckland University also seeks our expertise for lectures involving medical and music students regarding injury prevention and management of musicians.
If you are a musician:
– Pain associated with playing your instrument (or singing), especially hand, wrist, elbow, shoulders, headache, lower back, tingling or numbness etc.
– No matter how much you try you just can’t perform certain technique or phrase/passage of music.
– Feeling tense or stiff from practice (or performance) and you’d like some hands-on work done to "loosen you up".
– Wanting to know more about biomechanics that are involved in playing your instrument, and find whether your practice methods could be improved. (We understand the concept of “practice does not make perfect; only perfect practice makes perfect”)
– Wondering if there are any exercises that will work on your fitness to benefit your musicianship (musicians of course have different requirements from average sportsperson.)
And if you're a dancer:
- Just have had an injury of any kind
- Have a persisting pain that wouldn't go away, especially of the hip, spine, or feet
- Wanting to do some "conditioning" exercises or improve flexibility
- Wanting to improve on execution of certain techniques or wanting to explore about your own biomechanics
We can help you out with any of these. We have knowledge and techniques that are specific to the treatment of musicians and dancers, and have decent ears and eyes to recognise good music and dance form when we hear and see one. These, of course, are the ultimate goal of yours and ours.