Joanne Manning - Physio at Physiotec, Tarragindi, Brisbane


• BPhty(Hons)

Dance Medicine Physiotherapist at PhysioTec, Brisbane


Joanne Manning is our team leader for our Dance Physiotherapy services here at Physiotec, Tarragindi, Brisbane. She is one of our senior physiotherapists, with high levels of skill and expertise in dance, hip and foot and ankle conditions. Her many years as a professional dancer also provided her with a keen interest in the study of movement and optimising movement patterns for both rehabilitative and performance goals.


Joanne graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours Class l. A skilled dancer, choreographer and director, Joanne forged a highly successful career internationally and more specifically on Broadway before transitioning to a career in physiotherapy.

After completion of her physiotherapy degree, Joanne has worked in both private practice and hospital settings, gaining experience in outpatient musculoskeletal work, general hospital medical/surgical, and post-surgical rehabilitation.

With her extensive dance background Joanne has a special interest in dance rehabilitation and injury prevention for dancers and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

Joanne also has engaged heavily in furthering her knowledge in the management of hip conditions and is now highly experienced and skilled in this area.

Joanne is always looking to expand her knowledge and skills. She has trained in dry needling, pain sciences, dancer assessment and rehabilitation, kinesio-taping, vestibular dysfunction and APPI clinical Pilates.

Outside of work Joanne is an avid traveller, scuba diver and photographer, and enjoys spending time with family and friends while enjoying the Aussie lifestyle.

Blogs by Joanne

Strength and Conditioning training for dancers

Strength & Conditioning for Dancers

By Joanne Manning | 3 May 2022

Strength Training for Dancers I’ve always enjoyed going to the gym. Even when I was doing daily ballet classes and 8 shows a week on Broadway, I still made the time to get to the gym. I’d do free weights, spin classes, kick boxing, laps in the pool – whatever got my muscles working and…

Shall We Dance? The Health Benefits of Dancing at Any Age

By Joanne Manning | 20 April 2021

Patients often ask me, “what is the best form of exercise?”. The answer I usually give is “The kind you enjoy”. My reasoning is, if you enjoy doing something then it is far more likely you will find the time to do it – an opinion supported by research1. So, if the gym isn’t your…

How Can We Prevent Dance Injuries?

By Joanne Manning | 2 November 2020

One of the most common questions I get asked as a physiotherapist with a special interest in dance rehabilitation and injury prevention is, “How can we prevent dance injuries?”. GOOD QUESTION! It’s a very valid question considering: the rate of injury in young and adolescent dancers is higher than that reported in young soccer players…