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The Official Definition of Clinical Pilates

Physiotherapist and former professional dancer with the Australian Ballet, Craig Phillips,  pioneered the Clinical Pilates process over 30 years ago by linking emerging  spinal stability research to the work of Joseph Pilates and his contemporaries.

  • Exercise is growing as the co-treatment of choice with the majority of medical conditions
  • Clinical Pilates evolved as a “Movement Based Classification & Treatment” (MBCT) approach aimed at managing the more costly chronic and recurrent injury problems
  • Research evidence is moving away from “Structure Based Classification” (such as shoulder impingements, knee and hip structure tests, and spinal tests) 
  • The MBCT process allows a clinical pathway to include / exclude differential diagnoses and compare clinical findings against radiological findings
  • Patients can be subgrouped on functional measures via a validated and reliable prediction model (Tulloch 2012)

This is not an homogeneous exercise protocol approach, it’s a cutting edge pathology treatment tool.

The current focus on reducing surgical interventions and hospitalisation can also be addressed as recent research published on Clinical Pilates involving randomized controlled trials, (Wajswelner 2012)  inter-rater reliability (Yu K 2015) and pilot studies, (Lewis A 2010) now shows its efficacy as a valid assessment and treatment tool. 

DMA Clinical Pilates Certification Series course (Unit A and Unit B and Unit C) consists of an online eLearning component and a 2 x three day clinical and practical components. The Certification exam can be taken after the completion of Unit B but ensuring you allow clinical assimilation time.

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