Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis O Fallon MO

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in O Fallon, MO. 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.

Body & Soul Pilates Studio
(636) 536-6555
110 Chesterfield Towne Center
Chesterfield, MO
 
Wright City Snap Fitness
(636) 745-8222
10 Wildcat Dr.
Wright City, MO
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Dorsett Bally Total Fitness
12703 Dorsett Rd
Maryland Heights, MO
Programs & Services
Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Track, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Raquetball, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Tennis, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Sullivan Snap Fitness
(573) 468-5656
575 Walmart Drive
Sullivan, MO
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Central West End Snap Fitness
(314) 533-7627
4477 Forest Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Trinity Pilates Center
(636) 536-3395
616 Trade Center Blvd
Chesterfield, MO
 
Chesterfield Snap Fitness
(314) 317-9300
13379 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield, MO
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Kansas City Snap Fitness
NE Barry Rd & N Flintlock Rd
Kansas City, MO
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Eureka Snap Fitness
(636) 587-3470
431 Meramec Blvd
Eureka, MO
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Kansas City Snap Fitness
(816) 741-7766
5900 NW 63rd Terrace
Kansas City, MO
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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