PILATES EXERCISES FOR QUALITY OF LIFE OF AN INDIVIDUAL WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: A CASE STUDY
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system causing unpredictable symptoms that affects the person’s quality of life. PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of Pilates exercises using apparatus in quality of life of an individual with diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. METHODS: Case study, female, 37 years old, diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. The intervention consisted of Pilates exercises using Reformer, Cadillac and Ladder Barrel planned according to participant’s needs, twice a week, 50min/session, during a period of 3 months. The participant was evaluated at baseline and after 3 months. Quality of life was measured by Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Inventory (MSQLI) and participant weekly self-report. RESULTS: The participant reported significant decrease of fatigue and spasticity, improvement on bower/bladder incontinence and mobility. According to MSQLI scores at baseline and after 3 months of Pilates, improvements were observed in Modified Fatigue Impact Scale (53 vs 16), MOS Pain Effects Scale (17 vs 9), Bladder Control Scale (9 vs 1), Bowel Control Scale (6 vs 2) and Perceived Deficits Questionnaire (39 vs 29). CONCLUSION: This case study showed positive changes in the perception of quality of life, suggesting that Pilates exercises using apparatus may be feasible and beneficial for people with Multiple Sclerosis but larger studies are required to confirm these findings.
Majdalane, I and Roquetti Fernandes, P
"PILATES EXERCISES FOR QUALITY OF LIFE OF AN INDIVIDUAL WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: A CASE STUDY,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings:
3, Article 59.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol8/iss3/59
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