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Using pilates to cope with Multiple Sclerosis


Pilates reformer at Evolve Pilates & Fitness

If pilates the exercise were a person, she’d be a Jill of all trades. One of her trades is rehabilitation. She’s been known to assist war vets, dancers, and athletes. She has also been taking on those with Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis prevents free communication between nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is an auto immune disease. The body attacks myelin which is primarily what composes white matter in the brain and spinal cord. As a result a person with Multiple Sclerosis will gradually lose nerve function. Some effects include: fatigue, pain, decreased balance, trouble walking, and a person could eventually lose the function altogether.

The pilates reformer is a tool utilized in rehabilitation. Pilates can be done via mat and/or reformer. The reformer is reminiscent of many a diabolical device from the saw series. The reformer was originally a device developed by Joseph Pilates. It is a necessary apparatus for all classical pilates exercises which utilize resistance.

There isn’t currently a known cure for Multiple Sclerosis. There are however ways to increase strength and function. The reformer is a good tool for this purpose.

However, pilates the general exercise is different than pilates the rehabilitation. An instructor must be aware of the physical limits of those with Multiple Sclerosis. Do you remember the last time you worked out? You were pushing yourself weren’t you? In fact you almost donated your breakfast to the hungry “Cookie! Cookie! Cookie!” like monster hiding in the gyms trash can (Oscar the grouch is currently on vacation). When a person works out, he or she won’t generally feel sore until later that day or the next day. Because of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, one with Multiple Sclerosis must be a little more conservative when doing Pilates.  This will help prevent inflammation and overheating.

If you know someone with Multiple Sclerosis tell him or her about pilates.  Pilates is an excellent way to cope with the disease. He or she will go from feeling like a jaded Superman in the red sun to a replenished Superman in our yellow sun

. For more info:  Visit Evolve Pilates & Fitness.