DMA Clinical Pilates

DMA Clinical Pilates is a form of mat and equipment exercise that combines the principles of Pilates with physiotherapy techniques to improve posture, tone, flexibility, lean muscle mass, balance, and coordination. It is designed to help people with various musculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and other injuries, to manage their symptoms and prevent re-injury.

DMA stands for “Dance Medicine Australia,” which is the organization that developed the DMA Clinical Pilates method. It is based on the principles of Joseph Pilates, who developed the original Pilates method in the early 20th century.

The DMA Clinical Pilates method involves a series of exercises that focus on motor control, alignment and strengthening muscles of the body, including the abdominals, back, and glutes. The exercises are performed using various Pilates equipment, such as the Reformer, Cadillac, and Wunda Chair, as well as props like balls and resistance bands.

In DMA Clinical Pilates, the exercises are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals. Your physiotherapist will assess your movement patterns and areas of weakness, and then design an exercise program to address those areas. Initially each patient will have specific exercises tailored to their directional movement preference or bias. Typically, with DMA you would stabilise through your strong side and move the problem side (unidirectional) until the movement pattern improves and then you can move multi-directionally.

The goal of DMA Clinical Pilates is to help people develop better body awareness, improve their movement patterns, motor control and reduce their risk of injury. It is also an effective way to manage chronic pain and improve overall fitness and wellbeing.

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