Dancing Related Injuries Rehabilitation

Melbourne Dance Related Injuries Specialists

What We Do

Solidus Health & Strength makes taking care of your body easy. Our expert therapists provide hands-on manual therapy and corrective exercises to keep you feeling better, longer.

Our expert therapists are here to help you feel your best live pain free recover from injuries

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Our dance physios in Melbourne use a combination of manual therapy, exercise and education to treat dance-related injuries. If you’re an active dancer and experiencing pain or discomfort, we have the skills and experience to help.

What Our Clients Say

How can we help?

There is no one best method to treat an injury or pain. After we assess your body, we tailor your treatment based on your specific needs. This may be one or a combination of the services below:

Dance Physiotherapy is a type of treatment that meets the unique needs of dancers, focusing on injury rehabilitation and prevention to achieve optimal performance. If you’re a dancer, we’ll work to restore your strength and balance so you can get back out to do what you love.

Our dance physios in Melbourne have extensive training in treating dance-specific injuries. First, we assess your dance technique, muscle function and biomechanics to identify any imbalances contributing to your pain or injury. We then treat the underlying cause of your problem with manual therapy, prescribed exercise programs, and injury prevention strategies.

EXPERT THERAPISTS THAT UNDERSTAND YOUR NEEDS

Our therapists are all licensed health care professionals who can diagnose what your body is telling you and provide treatment to help reduce pain, correct posture, decrease tension, and improve the way you move.

Meet the Team

Whether you’re an amateur ballet dancer or a professional performer, injuries are all too commonplace. Many of our patients come to us with ankle, foot, knee, hip and back pain, typically caused by overuse, poor body mechanics or tightness. Our dance physiotherapists develop bespoke treatment programs to restore full range of motion, reduce pain and strengthen the muscles that help support your joints.

Poor technique and muscle imbalances are often culprits behind common dance injuries. Examples include a lack of hip rotation in a turnout or weak glutes that lead to lower back pain. Our dance physiotherapists in Melbourne will analyse your technique, posture and movement patterns to identify the root of your injury or pain. We’ll then help you correct your technique to help prevent a recurrence and improve your resilience.

Solidus’ dance physio uses a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle your injury. We’ll use manual therapy to treat the painful area while explaining the science behind what we do and why. Our dance physiotherapists’ techniques include remedial massage, stretching, joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques, and neuromuscular re-education. We’ll also provide you with a strength program to help build stability and muscle strength to prevent future injury.

Dancers Physio Near Me

Our clinics are located in Clayton and Noble Park. If you're ready to elevate your body, click on the location that's closest to you, and we'll see you in our clinic soon.

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Based on 58 reviews
It was my very first time to see a Myotheraphy for my shoulder that was sore almost two months ago. I was amazed how good Julius was and he managed to fix my shoulder. I can now lift my arm up high with not much pain. Also, Julius was great explaining how my muscles and my body works together so that I don’t put so much pressure on my shoulders. He’s also given me exercises to do to strengthen my shoulders, my back and my posture. I highly recommended Solidus Health in Clayton. Thank you Julius
Catherine G.
Catherine G.
04:43 02 Nov 23
I saw Julius for my golfers and tennis elbow, he was very knowledgeable and helped me recognise the ways I was putting stress on my elbow before I started on any recovery exercises. Both Darryl and Julius are great guys who also provided a very friendly and great learning environment for son during his work experience. I would highly recommend the Solidus team for genuine health care and support. Thank you Julius!
Priya0 S.
Priya0 S.
06:42 31 Oct 23
Highly recommend Julius and the team at Solidus. Went above and beyond for Caleb. A+ service
2K POOLS & S.
2K POOLS & S.
08:43 18 Oct 23
I’ve been to many physios, however no one has provided consistent results in terms of injury rehabilitation and prevention like Julius. Highly recommend visiting this practice
Michael T.
Michael T.
04:27 12 Oct 23
I went to see the team at Solidus and they helped fixed my shoulder and ankle issues.They corrected my form and helped with some strengthening exercises just in time for my competition. Thankyou so much for the treatment! Highly recommend Julius and Daryl. Number 1 in the industry
Phi D.
Phi D.
02:30 17 Aug 23
Julius is so knowledgeable and takes the time to explain in depth the cause of what’s happening and puts together the appropriate rehab exercises to get you back training 100% in no time. Highly recommended.
Warren B.
Warren B.
02:31 16 Aug 23
Solidus has an incredibly caring and knowledgeable team who go the extra mile for their clients. Always leave here feeling good and would highly recommend the place.
Andy N.
Andy N.
13:38 23 May 23
I have been getting treatment from Daryl for almost 2 years now and can say that he is the best physio / allied health professional that I have ever seen.I suffer from chronic pain, and the targeted combination of treatment and strength and conditioning programs provided have enabled me to go from quite limited to daily exercise that is very physical, ranging from gym strength work to running to ninjawarrior!After many other experiences where consultants treat the symptoms not the cause, Daryl is a master at getting to the root cause. He is also very patient and carefully explains everything to ensure a complete understanding.I can't recommend Daryl highly enough!!
Bradley M.
Bradley M.
01:37 16 May 23
Julius was thorough, friendly, and professional. He took the time to find out my goals and work out a plan to get me there. The rooms are located within a body building gym, but it is a very friendly welcome.
Matt F.
Matt F.
06:30 14 Apr 23
Been going to Solidus and seeing Julius for knee rehab after my meniscus repair surgery. Julius has been amazing and he has been helping me a lot to get back to sports and weight training as soon and as safe as possible.
Tien Duc N.
Tien Duc N.
03:47 04 Apr 23
I attended my initial assessment with Julius, and have to say it was an inspirational experience. Not only did he greet me at the gym entrance, but he expressed genuine compassion, and empathy towards my situation.Julius was immediately able to identify my issues, and assured me that by implementing the right cues I would be able to minimise pain, and hence injury, rectify my form and improve my overall performance.Above-all, he is incredibly intuitive, and couldn’t believe I met a person who shared the same level of knowledge and passion for philosophy like me.I highly recommend his services to anyone who has been through the monotonous, and exhausting cycle of seeing multiples providers and finding themselves back at square one.Looking forward to my next session.
Kutay K.
Kutay K.
03:25 31 Mar 23
Daryl is the best physio I have ever seen. I initially saw him for a sore neck and have been seeing him ongoing for strength training and overall fitness. He is also a top person!!
Daniela R.
Daniela R.
04:17 18 Mar 23
These guys are the real deal - by far the best health and conditioning team I’ve ever seen in Melbourne. I’m a regular gym goer and runner and these guys always get me moving through any niggles and have me back in the gym and feeling better in no time. The strength program I’ve been following for my knee over the past few months has meant I’m pain free and feeling supreme confidence in my body for the first time in a long time. A must for any strength or conditioning athlete, whether you’re a weekend warrior or something more serious.
Mark T.
Mark T.
05:27 01 Mar 23
Great experience at Solidus. Came to Daryl with an unknown glute/hip issue from powerlifting that I had been nursing. He was able to diagnose and prescribe rehab exercises all within a one hour consult. After implementing these rehab exercises this hip injury went away almost instantly within 1-2 sessions. During this time I had also picked up a shoulder niggle to which Daryl was able to fit me in his schedule almost straight away and prescribe me rehab exercises to which this shoulder niggle went away over 1-2 sessions. His ability to coach exercises and explain to the patient what is happening was great. Definitely recommend.
David D.
David D.
00:47 22 Feb 23
I've been seeing physios, massage therapists and chiros for the past 10 years and Julius is among the best! Great advice, great care, great attitude and great manual therapy. 10/10 would recommend.
Yow W.
Yow W.
05:12 28 Jan 23
I was recommended by a friend to see Julius for my ongoing sports related back issues. He has fixed my pain and has got me back training hard within two sessions. He is friendly, honest and very knowledgeable. Thanks Julius, you absolute legend! 🤙🏽
Arj
Arj
08:17 13 Jan 23
Been to Julius for more than 2 years. Simply put, the best there is. All most everytime im in vic i make sure to hit up solidus for a fix up and its night and day difference everytime
Alston N.
Alston N.
01:43 13 Jan 23
I have been seeing Julius for a few years now and I have never looked back! He is so knowledgeable, has great attention to detail and is just a lovely person in general.I do bodybuilding and he always fixes any injuries through a dual approach:remedial therapy AND training cues/ adjustments. Everyone in the team is super nice and such great vibes. I recommend Solidus to all my friends and everyone that’s ever been loves them and is now one of their regulars.
Emilia A.
Emilia A.
02:52 10 Jan 23
Julius managed to fix my shoulder after just two sessions, something which the previous physio failed to do with open ended visits. I would highly recommend him and his services.
Paul M.
Paul M.
01:35 04 Oct 22
Genuine, practical, amazing crew! Helpful is an understatement, I can't speak highly enough of these guys, they have been instrumental in my injury rehab not only through treatment but practically taught me how to develop, teaching me and giving me techniques to fix issues at the root through strength and conditioning.
Ron M
Ron M
21:00 21 Sep 22
I highly recommend booking an appointment with Solidus if you're looking to get back to sports or need someone to help with recovery post injury.Between Julius, Darryl and the rest of the team, they've helped me get back to playing competitive basketball post Achilles surgery and postpartum!Also the deep tissue massages👌They even accommodated when I had to bring my baby last minute.
Claire L.
Claire L.
04:08 22 Jul 22
Julius is the man! I have been hesitant to see a new health care professional after many years of sticking with one type. However, if you’re prone to injury like I have been and can’t seem to pinpoint why and how to help relieve and prevent it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julius and his abundance of knowledge and care for the practice and his patients. Amazing work bro! Thank you so much for correcting my rowing pattern and putting me on the better path towards recovery and more gains!
The M
The M
08:25 23 Jun 22
Julius is the man. He has fixed all of my niggling injuries I have had over the years and continues to assist in the elevation of my training techniques. Thank you king!
Ben S.
Ben S.
04:13 08 Jun 22
Absolutely lovely people and fixed all my problems
Andrew L.
Andrew L.
09:09 01 Jun 22
Simply the best. Solves issues that noone else does and is always so positive about the future
Linda G.
Linda G.
21:24 30 Mar 22
Saw Julius to help with my chronic lower back pain, he diagnosed my problem within 5mins into the consultation by observing me complete a few simple exercises. He was very knowledgeable and efficient, the explanations he gave were all in line with how I felt and he customised a exercise plan for me on the spot and went through it with me to ensure I was doing them correctly. Julius was very thorough and honest too! Honesty is something I highly appreciate since it is a rare trait to find in any profession, he even said I probably wont need another session with him unless something changes significantly (instead of lying and stating i'd need a few more sessions). Highly recommend.
Anna
Anna
10:22 10 Dec 21
Julius is a king. He’s helped me countless times with an involved and meticulous approach to improving my physical health.
Oliver G.
Oliver G.
05:50 09 Dec 21
I was referred to Darly at Solidus by a very good friend who had achieved incredible results.After my first consultation I knew I would be on the mend.I had suffered back pain for over 10 years and thought it was something I would just have to deal with for the rest of my life.It was so bad that I could not finish a back workout or do any form of slightly heavier deadlifting at all.After following Daryl’s guidance with new programming, simple movements daily, getting squat shoes and actually learning the deep mechanics of my body (having long legs and a shorter torso) I now have NO back pain after 10 years. He has actually changed my life.I also had issues with my shoulders which he has fixed. Don’t get me wrong… you need to put in the work and follow the steps he gives you to adapt and change (in my case anyway) but with consistency I am a new person and am truly so grateful I was introduced to him.The only thing that upsets me is that I didn’t meet Daryl sooner 🥺Highly recommended.. no question or doubt at all. He is a Powerlifter himself so has on field first hand experience which is beneficial if you also lift weights.10/10 on all aspects. Very friendly guy also and always walks me out the door rather than just waving goodbye after our sessions.
John G.
John G.
00:53 10 Nov 21
In the last 2 years Julius Gastar has brought a damaged sciatic nerve back to life and restored wasted muscles in hip, leg and foot. I can now walk and drive again, where I had been numb from waist to big toe. Julius is an amazing healer - he uses massage, exercise, mind/muscle training, and weight exercises and encouragement to achieve his goals. He also consults widely on specific problems and issues. He has been a life saver for me. I am 78 years old - others had given up on me! I am still getting better even 3 years after spinal surgery. Thank you Julius.
Irene D.
Irene D.
02:01 25 Oct 21
Three years ago I had decompression laminectopies L4 mainly. I was numb from waist to big toe because my sciatic nerve was squashed flat. About 2 years ago a friend recommended Julius as he had helped her when noone else could. Since then Julius has brought life back to muscles which had stopped working. I now have movement in my toes and i can walk and drive again. It has been massage, exercises, weights and lots of encouragement. He has become an expert in feet and researches every problem and issue. It has been a long journey but he has brought me back to life and living. Irene Daly
Irene D.
Irene D.
01:32 25 Oct 21
I’ve had chronic back pain since I was 17-18 (I am now 30) and just lived with it as any time I went to a doctor and was referred to a physio, it didn’t help long term. I however started seeing my cousin Julius for it for the last maybe 1-2 years, and his treatment has definitely helped reduced the pain - some days I have none at all and it lasts for weeks or so which is a rarity! Daryl has also trained me and he is great as well !! Highly recommended!!
Jamila G.
Jamila G.
23:50 28 Jul 21
I was recommended by a friend to see Julius due to on-going hip issues which had been impacting my training for a while. I had seen many healthcare professionals in the past and Julius has been the only person who is able to fix me! Julius is super knowledgeable and has helped remarkably with any pain or injury I have, as well as with my mobility and form which has enabled me to significantly progress in my training. They are also super genuine people who truely care about your health and well-being, and can't thank Julius enough for his on-going encouragement and support. Would highly recommend!
Kimberly P.
Kimberly P.
08:05 28 Jul 21
Both Darryl and Julius are fantastic! Teaching me things I didn't know about my body while increasing my shoulder mobility and stability. 10/10 would recommend.
Brendon I.
Brendon I.
23:09 01 Mar 21
Julius and Daryl are extremely friendly and are two absolute experts in their field who have come together to bring amazing service. Their quality of work is exceptional and it is very evident that they take great pride in what they do and truly care about the health and wellbeing of their clients. I have seen Julius a handful of times over the past few years and he has always ensured that I am back to my healthy and fully mobile self in no time at all through his myotherapy and coaching/exercise expertise. These gentlemen are some of the most genuine people you will ever meet and I cannot recommend them enough!
Sean
Sean
08:59 16 Jan 21
Was recommended to see Julius by a friend as I've recently been battling with injuries that have flared up due to WFH. I'd never seen a myotherapist before so I was a bit nervous but Julius put me at ease right away and walked me through both my injuries clearly so I understood what was causing it and gave me simple exercises I could do at home to strengthen the muscles I was wearing out to avoid further injury and reverse the damage I'd done to myself. Overall a great experience!
Janette
Janette
08:11 03 Oct 20
I came into the clinic with a janky hip and unstable squat form.Julius has been able to guide me through the corrective measures to get me back into tip-top form.His methodical approach, mixed with firm rooted knowledge has helped repair my weight lifting foundations (am now well acquainted with the Bulagarian Split Squat :( )Fingers crossed for that 140kg deadlift.
Sophie S.
Sophie S.
08:15 28 Jul 20
I like how deep he can go. Those stretches and massages always hit the spot.
Elvis P.
Elvis P.
02:46 24 Jul 20
Felt so comfortable here thanks so much to Julius for taking care of me and my wife !
thai D.
thai D.
14:18 20 Jun 20
These guys are absolutely VITAL to maintaining my health. Super informative, and super supportive. I love that my recovery is not simply based on being treated, it's checking in with me between treatments as well as communicating with my Coach @ Jkingfit so that my maintenance is ongoing and proactive and not simply when I'm feeling sore.
Tina D.
Tina D.
06:19 16 Jun 20
Julius is incredibly knowledgeable and the treatment is always five stars. I’ve been seeing Julius for approximately two years and his services have never faltered. I see him for all my injuries and general body aches. He always gives strategies to improve my athlete technique. I can’t recommend him enough! If you’re looking to heal new or old injuries or just improve your physical technique I would look no further than Solidus!
Monique V.
Monique V.
05:47 16 Jun 20
The team at Solidus are fantastic and are the best I've been to. They genuinely care about keeping you in the best shape possible. They're great at explaining what's happened and how to maintain yourself long term.
Dee M.
Dee M.
19:41 20 Feb 20
Extremely professional team who, not only know their stuff, but also make it fun! It’s clear that Julius and Daryl are passionate about what they do and really want to make difference in people’s lives, which I very much appreciate. Highly recommend!
Snitta K.
Snitta K.
23:47 09 Jan 20
Well explained knowledge and gets straight to the point. Highly recommended!
Brian T.
Brian T.
05:05 09 Jan 20
I went to Solidus Health & Strength because I hit a plateau in my normal gym routine. Julius went through my form and helped me improve in the smaller details, which helped me progress significantly.He's now working with me on improving my core strength and general athleticism to help me with injury prevention.I Would recommend Solidus to anyone who wants to get to that next level.
Claire L.
Claire L.
07:19 01 Jan 20
Julius and Daryl are friendly and knowledgeable. Julius has treated me for various injuries and has helped me to continue to train around pain and smash PB's. He is a great motivator and has taught me to move well, lift well and live well.
huong N.
huong N.
10:54 18 Dec 19
Knowledgeable, good music. Great clinic !
Peter S.
Peter S.
08:05 07 Dec 19
He is soo good. I had a stiff neck, shoulder and back for the last two weeks. But he massageed and taught me some exercises and fixed me today. highly recommend !! Thank you
Sia J.
Sia J.
08:27 30 Nov 19
Julius and Daryl have taught me with so many skills in managing my own health. They deliver so much more than just hands on work. Julius has taught me practical skills in correcting my posture and Daryl has given me the confidence to squat and deadlift safe and effectively. I am moving and feeling the best I have in years, couldn’t thank them enough.
Nicole C.
Nicole C.
22:03 28 Nov 19
Julius and the team were so professional and friendly while treating me! His ability to explain why I'm feeling sore and then how to not only fix it but stop coming back is why I'd highly recommend him to anyone!
Vince Z.
Vince Z.
06:44 28 Nov 19
As a Myotherapist myself I am always quite picky with who I see. Julius has been my Myo for years. Not only personally but if I ever have patients who I am unable to help I will always advise them to go see Julius.His professionalism, knowledge and personal approach are second to none in the industry.
Spencer R.
Spencer R.
04:08 28 Nov 19
Julius has treated me multiple times and gave me great exercises to be able to perform at a greater level. His expertise is second to none. Thank you for your help!
Pania E.
Pania E.
00:26 28 Nov 19
Julius is a talented and experience myo with exceptional professionalism. Giving great treatment and knowledgeable advice on exercises to assist with the recovery and strengthening. I had injured my shoulder from jiu jitsu training. After a few sessions with Julius, I was back on the mat and training again. He has my full trust, and will definitely go back.
Duy C.
Duy C.
23:35 27 Nov 19
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FAQs

Why do dancers need physical therapy?

Dancers generally perform sudden movements and hold strenuous poses, placing enormous stress on their feet, ankles and hips. Physical therapy increases body strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, making you a better dancer whilst making you injury resilient.

What’s involved in dance physiotherapy?

Dance therapy uses a unique blend of stretching, strengthening, and balancing exercises to increase body strength, improve stability, and restore full range of motion. This means dancers can hit the floor with a fully functional body that is more injury-resist.

 

As dance physiotherapy focuses on movement patterns associated with dancing, we provide a tailored exercise program specifically for your needs.

What is the most common injury for dancers?

Ankle sprains are one of the most common acute injuries for dancers. This is due to the excessive strain placed on the ankle’s ligaments, which can be overstretched and torn. Hip impingement, which is often caused by muscle strains, snapping hip syndrome and a labral tear, is another familiar injury dancers have to endure.

How often do dancers get injured?

According to a survey made by The Safe Dance Report IV, 97% of Australian dancers suffered from at least one significant injury throughout their careers. Conversely, 73% of respondents said they suffered a dance-related injury last year. Because of this, dance physiotherapy is becoming increasingly popular.

What will be included in our first consultation?

In your first consultation, our dance physiotherapists will discuss your dancing history, along with the severity of your injuries. Our dance physios will then conduct a thorough physical assessment, where we observe your technique and determine the underlying root of your pain. We’ll then work with you to create an individualised exercise program to facilitate recovery.

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Whether you have serious pain to work through, or you're looking for some expert advice on preventing injuries, we're here to help

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