Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Glendale AZ

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Glendale, AZ. 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.

Peoria Bally Total Fitness
5720 W Peoria Ave
Glendale, AZ
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Core Dynamics Pilates
(602) 617-9810
20206 N. 32nd Place
Phoenix, AZ
 
Self + Rhythm In Motion
(480) 614-5241
9709 E. Mountain View Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Cottonwood Snap Fitness
(928) 649-1905
976 South Main Street
Cottonwood, AZ
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Arlella
(520) 319-1922
4767 E Camp Lowell Dr
Tucson, AZ
 
Linda Schmidt
(623) 810-5612
Sun City West, AZ
Specialty
Strength Building, Weight Loss, Rehabilitation, Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics, Spin, Taichi
Schedule Type
American Council on Exercise, Certified Personal Trainer Cooper Institute, Certified as a Fitness Specialist for Older Adults Aquatic Exercise Association, Certified Aqua Instructor Arthritis Foundation, Certified Land, Aqua & Tai Chi Instructor RSVP, Certified Bone Builders Instructor Mad Dogg Spinning, Certified Spinning Instructor American Red Cross, Certified in Basic Water Safety American Heart Association, Certified in CPR/AED/First Aid
Education
BA in Recreation with emphasis in Exercise Science
General Information
56 years old (trains both men and women)

Pilates Place
(480) 236-9684
25031 N. Palomino Trail
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Moving Breath Pilates
(480) 221-6465
10438 E. Helm Drive
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Core Training Inc
(480) 776-9671
Queen Creek & Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ
 
Prescott Snap Fitness
(928) 443-1309
2971 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ
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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