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Pilates at the School of Physiotherapy Clinic Christchurch


The School of Physiotherapy Clinic Christchurch uses DMA (Dance Medicine Australia) clinical pilates to help those recovering from an injury, or those suffering from ongoing muscle pain or reoccurring sprains. Our experienced physiotherapists use DMA clinical pilates to assess your problem and treat it effectively.

We have the following clinical pilates services available:

  • Individual clinical pilates appointments
  • Mat classes

Contact the School of Physiotherapy Clinic for more information on clinical pilates.

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How does DMA clinical pilates differ from traditional pilates?

DMA clinical pilates differs from traditional pilates in a number of ways.

Developed specifically to aid rehabilitation, the most significant difference between these two types of pilates is that physiotherapists can use DMA clinical pilates to assess as well as treat injuries, pain, and sprains.

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How can DMA clinical pilates help you?

DMA clinical pilates is effective at treating complaints such as:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Ankle and knee sprains
  • General sports injuries

For example, many studies have shown that following a lower limb injury such as an ankle sprain a large proportion of people do not fully recover. Many people continue to re-sprain their ankle or sustain another injury elsewhere on the same leg. This may happen because the core muscles are not working to control rotation forces in the spine, leading to inefficient movement patterns throughout the whole of that side.

DMA clinical pilates exercises are designed to address this problem.

Research shows that you can achieve immediate improvements in muscle performance in just one treatment session, following a DMA clinical pilates assessment. Each assessment is specific to the injury or dysfunction present, and is based on careful positioning of the spine to produce a specific muscle-firing pattern.

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Is it true the core muscles work as a corset to stablise the spine?

Many people believe that core muscles act as a corset to help support our spine—but they do not. The DMA clinical pilates approach does not use 'tummy tucking' to activate core muscles.

Recent research suggests:

  • The core muscles work differently than we had originally thought
  • The core muscles do not work like a corset; each side works independently from the other to control rotational forces in the spine
  • Performing 'tummy tucking' before exercises to improve spinal stability may interfere with natural movement patterns

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Are DMA clinical pilates exercises suitable for everyone?

DMA clinical pilates exercises are suitable for everyone, and are particularly helpful following an injury.

If you have ongoing back problems, sports injuries or repeated injuries to lower limbs, then you may want to see whether we can help you through a clinical pilates assessment and an appropriate exercise program.

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