Healthcare Choices: Quality Care

Advice for finding the best healthcare option for your needs

Dancers have many choices for injury treatment and rehabilitation, including physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage, Pilates and many more. However, most dancers may not be aware of the different types of treatment available, how different healthcare practitioners work, and the qualifications healthcare practitioners need to practice.

Some healthcare practitioners, including Chartered Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Dieticians, GPs, Osteopaths, Physicians, Podiatrists/ Chiropodists, Psychologists, Radiologists, and Surgeons have what is called a protected title, meaning that they must be registered with the appropriate governing/regulatory body, or risk prosecution and a fine. Registration for practitioners with governing bodies ensures a high regulation of all practitioners working under protected titles, and also requires minimum qualifications and experience, regular CPD, a route for patients to make complaints if needed, and practicing ethics policy / code of conduct.

Many dancers will also seek injury care from healthcare practitioners without protected titles, such as massage therapists, nutritionists, Pilates practitioners, homeopaths, naturopaths and sports therapists. These practitioners can offer excellent support for dancers, with a variety of approaches that dancers find helpful. However, they are not subject to the same regulation as those with protected titles.

When selecting a practitioner, ensure that they hold a valid, full membership to at least one professional body specific to their practice. You can find out if your healthcare practitioner has a protected title by visiting One Dance UK’s ‘Which Practitioner’ page, where you will find a list of protected titles, as well as a list of the different types of practitioner that currently appear in the One Dance UK Healthcare Practitioner’s Directory and a short introduction to the type of work they do, what qualifications they are likely to have, and what they can treat.

“We recommend you always check the qualifications and professional body membership of any practitioner you see.”

Originally published in One, Issue 6 – Spring 2019