Your Health Matters – Is a Physiotherapist an MD?

Bill: Physiotherapist is not a medical doctor as you would think of an MD or a general practitioner or a surgeon. However, just to confuse matters, in the last 10, 15 years in Australia, there’s a degree called a Doctorate of Physiotherapy. That is not a medical doctor. To add further to confusion, if you […]

difference between physical therapist and physiotherapist

Your Health Matters – What is the difference between a Physical Therapist and Physiotherapist?

Steve: In America, it’s a physical therapist, known as a physical therapist. In Australia, England — Bill’s worked, I’ve worked — and also the rest of Europe, the industry is known as physiotherapy or your physiotherapist. But Bill, that doesn’t tell the whole story though, does it? Bill: Well, I think “physical therapist” undersells what […]


Your Health Matters – What does a Physiotherapist do?

Bill: What does a physiotherapist do? What skills set does physios have? Steve: As a general rule, I would say we’re neuro-musculoskeletal therapists. We deal with nerves. Bill: Big word. Steve: Thank you. We deal with nerves. We deal with muscles. And we deal with joints, specifically. We help to restore the body’s natural state. […]

are physiotherapist licensed to do surgery

Your Health Matters – Are Physiotherapists licensed to do surgery?

Bill: You can… Steve: But you probably shouldn’t. Bill: You probably shouldn’t try. Yeah. We’re registered with the organization called AHPRA. The Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. No, we’re not licensed to do surgery in Australia. So, we probably like to but, no. Steve:  I think the only surgery we do is that we cut […]

Clinical Pilates now called Clinical Pilates

Due to the recent private health insurance changes, we are no longer able to use the term “Pilates”. As a result, mhealth has renamed it’s Clinical Pilates classes to Clinical Pilates classes, ie for Rehab, Performance and Maintenance, to reflect that our classes are Physiotherapy based, and run by fully qualified Physiotherapists. These classes are […]


Your Health Matters – How often should you do Pilates? (What would my self Pilates look like)

Bill: What would my “self” Pilates look like in between classes during the week? Steve: Well you’d be doing five or six exercises on the mat, mat Pilates, floor Pilates. We would give you to help you either with your injury, your fitness, or your performance goals. Bill: So, it’s kind of like walking ten […]

can physiotherapy be painful

Your Health Matters – Can Physiotherapy be painful?

Steve: Physiotherapy can be painful. Sometimes it’s a necessary pain because we are trying to diagnose a particular injury. So in itself, some of the diagnosis of an injury is painful because we’re trying to stretch a structure just to double check that it is the source of the pain. That’s the diagnostic side of […]

what are the different type of pilates

Your Health Matters – What are the different types of Pilates?

Bill: The different types of Pilates, Steve. Steve: Well, when you talk about the different types of Pilates, often there’s kind of two ways to answer that. The first way would be, there are different schools. So there’s Polestar, there’s APPI, there’s the DMA-based education, there’s Stott Pilates, there’s Yin Pilates. There’s lots of different […]

is pilates a good way to lose weight

Your Health Matters – Is Pilates a good way to lose weight?

Bill: Pilates? It’s an excellent way to lose weight. But there’s so much more to exercise than just losing weight. So, we can assist you to lose weight when you’re in a pilates class but if you are stuck and you find that it’s very difficult to shift weight, you also need to have the […]

what is clinical pilates

Your Health Matters – What is Clinical Pilates?

Bill: Clinical Pilates, Steve?  That’s kind of like a clinician needs to run the Pilates session. Steve: That’s exactly right! Bill: Well, what’s a clinician? Steve: Well, a clinician is a tertiary qualified person who specialises in muscles, joints, bones, nerves… Bill: So, if we’re in America, they’ve got a college degree? In Australia, you […]