Tanya Chumak | Physiotherapy Services | Physio4Life

Tanya Chumak

Physiotherapist | Sports Massage Therapist
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Tanya is originally from Calgary, Canada. She is a former professional ballerina and had a fulfilling ten year career dancing with the New York Theatre Ballet and the Alberta Ballet. During that time, she also developed a keen interest in injury and recovery and completed her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Calgary.

She then moved to London to pursue a master’s degree in physiotherapy and graduated from Brunel University. Tanya has experience working in private musculoskeletal clinics as well as working with local rugby teams.

Tanya’s previous experience as an elite level athlete has given her a unique perspective for understanding both the physical and mental demands of the body. She has personally had several acute injuries including an ACL rupture, a meniscus tear, several muscle tears and an ankle surgery.

Tanya strongly believes in finding the root cause of an injury and the importance of returning to pre-level function stronger and with more education and knowledge.

Although she does not dance anymore she is very active in the gym. She is comfortable with all aspects of the gym including weight lifting and often incorporates gym technique into her treatment approach.

She also enjoys running and has participated in half marathons. She is passionate about treating running injuries and working with runners to achieve their goals and optimise their performance. She enjoys helping runners incorporate strength training into their busy schedule to ensure less injury and better recovery. She can help runners by:

  • Offering personalised recovery and injury prevention programmes
  • Running analysis to help identify the best treatment approach
  • Help with recovery and maintenance

As a former professional ballerina Tanya can also offer a unique service to all styles of dance including Ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, modern, ballroom, musical theatre and many others. She is able to combine her dance and physiotherapy knowledge to give dancers specialised treatment such as:

  • Injury prevention plans
  • Injury recovery tailored to individual needs and dance style
  • Strengthening programmes to complement dance technique
  • Help with pointe work (technique, strength, pre-pointe strength assessments)
  • Genuine advice on injury and recovery depending on the dancer’s level and the steps they are required to do

As a former professional athlete Tanya is passionate about all sports and athleticism and understands the demands of performing at a very high level. She is able to apply her experience and knowledge to any sport and is very passionate about helping athletes achieve their full potential.

Tanya is enjoys treating all injuries and has a special interest in:

  • Knees (all knee injuries: patellofemoral pain syndrome, ITB, ACL surgeries or injures, meniscus injuries, and all ligamentous injuries)
  • Ankles and lower limb (sprains, tendinopathy, achilles, shin, calf strain/tear, hamstring strain/tear)
  • Back Injuries, (low back pain, disc herniations, mid back pain)
  • Hip and groin injuries
  • Shoulders (instability, post-dislocation, rotator cuff related pain, frozen shoulder)
  • Sporting Injuries

She believes in an individualised approach to treatment and adopts a person-centered approach for optimal results. She feels that exercise is a key component to recovery and combines this with manual therapy, sports massage, education, and injury prevention to ensure long-term success.

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