What is Clinical Pilates

What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is unique, being the only Pilates approach with the use of heuristics to “distill” the exercise repertoire into a clinical package related to the translational evidence model. This focuses the broad pathology knowledge base of physiotherapists, where the links to other treatment philosophies taught at the post graduate level can be demonstrated.

Clinical Pilates equipment is not just a reformer,
its a treatment solution
We advocate, educate, evaluate and fabricate.

Precision built for discerning physios who care about patient safety that stands test of time

Benefits 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. 

He continues to work with Olympic medal winners, Institutes of Sports, English Premier League, Australian and British Defence Forces and has overseen published masters and doctoral research projects in Australian, New Zealand and UK universities.

The effectiveness and popularity of this treatment method led Craig to establish training for other physiotherapists in. He continues to lecture and present extensively worldwide, to date having trained over 18,000 physiotherapists in Clinical Pilates.

Craig enjoys his work as a consultant treating patients, continuing his passion of developing and overseeing research projects into the Clinical Pilates programme.

How do I implement Clinical Pilates in my Practice/Clinic?
The Clinical Pilates treatment model incorporates the 4:1 patient to Physio ratio. This model focusses on individual programmes being implemented at once

About our equipment

Designed by Craig Phillips, Chief Engineer Steve V, physiotherapists and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia, dma Clinical Pilates™ Equipment is built to the most stringent quality and safety standards. Our state-of-the-art range is made with superior materials and comes with a national and international warranty.

Learn more about what dma offers via our website: clinicalpilates.com