Pilatates and Aquatic Exercise aids balance

Marandi SM, Nejad VS, Shanazari Z, Zolaktaf V. A Comparison of 12 Weeks of Pilates and Aquatic Training on the Dynamic Balance of Women with Mulitple Sclerosis. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;4(Suppl 1):S110-S117.

BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling chronic disease of the nervous system in which the myelin system of the central nervous system is deteriorated. The objective of this study is to understand the effect of Pilates exercises and aquatic training for a 12 week period on the dynamic balance of MS patients.

METHODS: The research method is semi-experimental. As a result, among the female patients visiting the MS clinic of Kashani hospital in Esfahan, 57 patients with disease intensity levels between 0 and 4.5 were taken as samples. The average length of the disease was 8 ± 2 years, 20;40 years old, and they were randomly divided into three groups of Pilates exercise group, aquatic training group, and the control group. The exercise schedule for the experiment groups consisted of 12 weeks, three sessions per week, and 1 hour for each session. The dynamic balance of the patients, before and after the exercises was measured by Six Spot Step Test

RESULTS: The adjusted mean differences of Timed Up and Go Test (TUGT) scores of the experimental groups are significantly different (P<0.05). Therefore, it can be said that Pilates exercise interventions and aquatic training can significantly increase the dynamic balance of the examinees in the post-experiment stage.

CONCLUSIONS: Performing the Pilate exercises and aquatic training increases dynamic balance of the MS patients. Considering the role of dynamic balance on physical fitness and enabling the person in doing is daily chores and routines, and its direct effect on the quality of life, it leads the specialists in applying these exercises as a supplementary treatment along with the medicinal treatments for MS patients.

The six spot step test (click here) is a method to measure balance is used to assess your co-ordination and balance. The Timed Up and Go Test, or TUG Test  (click here) is used to assess your mobility, and can be used to predict your likelihood of falling.

This study examined whether exercise could improve balance and they found that pilates and training in water can be benefical. Exercise for Health.

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  • It's hard to quantify but as soon as you start pilates you KNOW it's beneficial. It gives you control of your core muscles which help with the MS damage in your legs. I also do water-based physio (one-to-one session) and this too is excellent. Both modalities target your weak areas – something which general exercise doesn't. Highly recommended.

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