Dance, Music & Voice

Pondera Physiotherapy & Pilates is one of a few clinics in Queensland with Physiotherapists who are highly experienced in the performing arts sector and have more than 50 years of combined expertise in treating and assessing dancers, musicians and singers of all ages and abilities.

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A number of our Physios have danced professionally themselves and now work with dancers from beginner to elite professional levels. We provide dance Physiotherapy for injury treatment and performance enhancement for dancers of all genres. From professional artists to junior students, freelance and social dancers, we can provide expert knowledge, experienced technical diagnosis and get you back dancing as quickly as possible.

Louise is currently the assistant company Physiotherapist to QLD Ballet and has a keen interest in dance injury management and prevention, having danced herself at Queensland Dance School of Excellence. Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist, Miranda worked for ten years as a professional dancer for stage and film, and has wide ranging experience in teaching, adjudicating and dance choreography. David, our Practice Director, has 28 year’s experience working with dancers including QLD Ballet and main stage musicals.

In the past ten years, we have officially provided services to The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, EDC, Bangarra Dance Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and musicals including Wicked, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde, The Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, Grease and Mary Poppins.

We can provide the following services for dancers:

  • Dance injury management
  • Rehabilitation and return to stage
  • Pre-pointe assessments
  • Performance enhancement & tertiary dance assessments
  • Fitness & conditioning
  • Workshops & lecturing


Musicians of all levels need someone who understands the demands of hours of practice, the stress of one chance auditions, the unique physical and mental stress of performance and the simple truth that ‘the show must go on’.

Through our consulting role with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Conservatorium, we have a strong working knowledge of musicians’ injuries, the physical stresses involved and practical solutions to reduce pain and allow playing to continue.

Our clinical staff are members of ASPAH, and PAMA ensuring both our clinical knowledge and international network of like-minded health professionals are up-to-date.

Specifically, our staff have experience dealing with shoulder, upper limb, back and neck pain for both string and wind musicians and will, when needed, discuss your situation with your teachers to ensure all parties are working together. Poor posture underlies many body aches and pains, energy levels and risk of injury.

Our Clinical Pilates and Rehabilitation Studio in West End is perfectly equipped to help you improve your posture, breathe more efficiently and enhance the delivery of your music.

Vocal Unloading

Pondera has Physiotherapists who are highly experienced in “Vocal Unloading” which involves Physiotherapy treatment of the myofascial, muscular and cartilaginous structures of the larynx and the surrounding perilaryngeal region.

In particular, our Physio Louise has advanced training in Vocal Unloading therapy, having worked extensively with singers, musical theatre performers and other professionals who need their voice for work or performance.

Like any muscle or muscle group, repetitive use can cause fatigue, soreness and changes in patterning which will affect your ability to produce your voice. Vocal unloading assists our clients to retrain their voice and body with neuromuscular re-education to achieve the most efficient vocal fold vibration and voice production possible.

Assessment and treatment may include the following areas:

  • Posture (head, neck, lumbopelvic)
  • Cervical Spine position and function
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular joint commonly known as the jaw)
  • Scapular position and movement
  • Breathing patterns
  • Voice analysis (tone, power and comfort)

Vocal unloading is most commonly used for people experiencing voice quality issues, increased effort with vocalisation, pain with vocalisation, tongue tension and throat pain of muscular origin.

Professional voice users such as teachers, barristers, radio and TV presenters, singers of all genres or musical theatre performers often report an effortful voice that may fatigue with the nature of their profession.

Treatment can be rehabilitative (to fix things) or maintenance (to keep it right!) For professional voice users, we can work in unison with your vocal coach and for those with defined pathology or medical conditions we will interact with your ENT specialist or speech pathologist. Common issues appropriate for Vocal Unloading:

  • Neck tension or jaw in singing or talking
  • High load of voice use
  • “Tongue root tension” in singing
  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Globus Pharyngeus (throat pain)
  • Hyoid Syndrome
  • Post microlaryngoscopy
  • Orofacial pain
  • Jaw Pain

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