Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Edison NJ

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Edison, NJ. 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.

East Brunswick Bally Total Fitness
8 Edgeboro Rd
East Brunswick, NJ
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Raquetball, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Watchung Snap Fitness
(908) 320-4247
1515 Route 22 West
Watchung, NJ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Aberdeen Snap Fitness
(732) 290-7627
318 Lloyd Rd.
Aberdeen, NJ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Jamesburg Snap Fitness
(732) 521-1717
198 Buckelew Ave
Jamesburg, NJ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Lucille Roberts Irvington
(973) 351-1020
1040 Springfield Avenue
Irvington, NJ
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Belly Dancing Class, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Hip Hop Dance Class, Kickboxing, Personal Training, Pilates, Step Class, Yoga, Zumba

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Clark - Bally Sports Club Bally Total Fitness
140 Central Ave
Clark, NJ
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Yoga

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Spotswood Snap Fitness
(732) 251-3348
404 Main Street
Spotswood, NJ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Lucille Roberts Linden
(908) 474-0400
1601 West Edgar Road
Linden, NJ
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Belly Dancing Class, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Hip Hop Dance Class, Kickboxing, Personal Training, Pilates, Step Class, Yoga, Zumba

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Branchburg Snap Fitness
(908) 363-1160
3150 Route 22
Branchburg, NJ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Plainsboro Snap Fitness
(609) 799-7800
5 Schalks Crossing Road
Plainsboro, NJ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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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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