Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Avon Lake OH

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Avon Lake, OH. 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.

Westlake Bally Total Fitness
1255 Columbia Rd
Westlake, OH
Programs & Services
Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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BodyWave Pilates LLC
(440) 871-2475
28735 Center Ridge Rd.
Westlake, OH
 
Ohio Dance Theatre
(440) 774-6077
39 S. Mainstreet
Oberlin, OH
 
Sharonville Snap Fitness
Lebanon Rd. and Fields Ertel Rd.
Sharonville, OH
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Fairfield Snap Fitness
(513) 863-7627
5174 Pleasant Ave
Fairfield, OH
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Brook Park Bally Total Fitness
14571 Snow Rd
Brook Park, OH
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Source Energy Pilates
(440) 734-4284
6659 Wedgewood Drive
North Olmsted, OH
 
Ashland Snap Fitness
(419) 903-0577
85 Amberwood Parkway, Suite D
Ashland, OH
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Holland Snap Fitness
(419) 491-4688
7111 Orchard Centre Drive
Holland, OH
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Club 51 Fitness
(937) 291-7990
ohio
Dayton, OH
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Boot Camp, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Family Gym, Free Weights, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Indoor Bike, Martial Arts, Massage, Medicine Balls, Pilates, Sauna, Spa Treatment, Spinning, Steam Room, Tanning, Weight Machines, 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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