Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Greenwich CT

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Greenwich, CT. 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.

Stamford Athletic Club
(203) 357-7555
75 Third Street
Stamford, CT
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Basketball, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Pool, Medicine Balls, Pilates, Pilates, Raquetball, Stationary Bikes, Steam Room, Towel Service, Treadmill, Water Aerobics, Weight Machines, Yoga

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Yonkers Bally Total Fitness
589 Tuckahoe Rd
Yonkers, NY
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Bay Plaza Bally Total Fitness
2100 Bartow Ave
Bronx, NY
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Yoga

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Riverdale Bally Total Fitness
298 W 231st St
Bronx, NY
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Lucille Roberts Parkchester
(718) 892-2020
82 Hugh J Grant Circle
Bronx, NY
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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Hartsdale Snap Fitness
(914) 205-0030
251 S. Central Ave.
Hartsdale, NY
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 Yonkers
(914) 793-2020
1745 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY
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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Lucille Roberts Gun Hill
(718) 325-0036
35-12 White Plains Road
Bronx, NY
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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Fordham Road Bally Total Fitness
2503 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Boxing, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Silver Sneakers, Yoga

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Lucille Roberts Fordham Road
(718) 329-3441
2449 Morris Avenue
Bronx, NY
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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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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