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Pilates can improve postural stability and balance in MS patients

According to a new study, a modified clinical Pilate’s exercise programme had a significant effect on functional capacity and quality of life in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

Researchers set out to evaluate the effects of Pilates exercise on balance, postural instability, functional capacity, quality of life and depression in patients with MS.

Balance disorders and postural instability are among the most resistant problems of patients with MS which effect daily living.

Sixteen patients ranging between 39-62 years of age, with an Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score of 3.6 underwent a 12-week modified clinical Pilates training programme, twice a week. The programme was designed to improve their ability to integrate multisensory inputs and challenge postural control.

At the end of the 12-week period, significant improvement was noted in all objective and subjective balance parameters. The modified Pilates exercise programme also had a significant positive effect on fictional capacity and quality of life in patients.

Researchers concluded this study ‘showed that modified clinical Pilates exercises that specifically addresses postural stability and central integration can improve balance, functional capacity and quality of life of MS patients. Studies comparing this exercise approach to conventional physical therapy sessions are warranted’.

This study was published at ECTRIMS 2018.

Source: MS-UK 12/11/18

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