Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Atlanta GA

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Atlanta, GA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to treatment for multiple sclerosis, multiple scoliosis therapy, Pilates DVDs, as well as information on alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis, and content on Pilates.

Atlanta Snap Fitness
(404) 875-5656
1799 Briarcliff Rd., Suite Q2
Atlanta, GA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Atlanta-Inman Park Snap Fitness
(404) 584-9669
245 North Highland Ave, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Decatur Snap Fitness
(678) 705-1439
317 West Hill Street
Decatur, GA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Vinings Snap Fitness
(770) 693-9013
3621 Vinings Slope SE Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Northlake Bally Total Fitness
3993 Lavista Rd
Tucker, GA
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Atlanta-West Midtown Snap Fitness
(404) 736-6127
1000 Marietta Street NW Suite 240
Atlanta, GA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Ladies Workout Express
(404) 320-0050
2865 North Druid Hills Road.
Atlanta, GA
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Equipment, Massage, Personal Training, Pilates, Spa Treatment, Special Services, Spinning, Stationary Bikes, Tai Chi, Treadmill, Weight Machines, Yoga

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Atlanta-Glenwood Park Snap Fitness
(404) 627-8000
920 Glenwood Ave. Suite 102/103
Atlanta, GA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Cumberland Bally Total Fitness
2211 Cobb Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Stone Mountain Bally Total Fitness
5370 Hwy 78
Stone Mountain, GA
Programs & Services
Basketball, Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Raquetball, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Working with Multiple Sclerosis on the Pilates Reformer

by Mary Kay Hausladen Foley, PT, GCFP

Foley (r.) with a patientPilates instructors know well that the Reformer is an excellent tool to work on strength, flexibility, motor control and balance. For these reasons, the Reformer is also an extremely useful tool for working with people with multiple sclerosis. I have worked with a wide variety of MS patients over the last 23 years, as a physical therapist and as a Pilates Reformer instructor, in association with The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis (the mission of which is to empower MS patients; its motto is “Can Do”). Some patients have such mild symptoms that an outsider would never guess that they have the disease, while others can be quite debilitated it. For the MS population, the Reformer can be invaluable for work on functional changes in areas where motor control or muscle function is compromised.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It is a chronic and usually progressive disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin—the layer of insulation around nerve fibers—in the brain and spinal cord. This leads to a decrease in nerve function, which causes symptoms that vary from patient to patient and in severity, such as weakness, fatigue, spasticity (a condition we’ll discuss later on in this article), bladder dysfunction, pain, vertigo, decreased balance, cognitive deficits and speech and swallowing difficulties. Because multiple sclerosis affects motor control, the majority of people diagnosed with the disease experience walking difficulty at some point. Research indicates that number is somewhere between 64 and 85 percent. In fact, 70 percent of MS patients report that walking is the most challenging aspect of their disease. Within 15 years of diagnosis, 50 percent of multiple sclerosis patients require assistance walking and, in later stages, up to a third of patients are completely unable to walk. More than 4...

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