Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Santa Fe NM

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Santa Fe, NM. 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.

Core Dynamics-Pilates
(505) 988-5076
1807 2nd St # 15
Santa Fe, NM
 
Pilates Persuasion
(505) 204-0592
1404 2nd St # B
Santa Fe, NM
 
Core Dynamics Pilates
(505) 983-4646
431 Camino de las Animas
Santa Fe, NM
 
Las Cruces Snap Fitness
(575) 521-7627
1763 B East University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Albuquerque NE Snap Fitness
(505) 332-3944
12251 Academy NE
Albuquerque, NM
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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One Heart Pilates Studio
(505) 986-1479
1419 Miracerros Loop S
Santa Fe, NM
 
Gyrotonic Santa Fe
(505) 820-9291
127 Valley Dr.
Santa Fe, NM
 
Premier Pilates
(505) 327-7221
1601 E 20th St
Farmington, NM
 
Albuquerque NW Snap Fitness
(505) 890-5377
5740 Night Whisper NW
Albuquerque, NM
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Albuquerque West Snap Fitness
(505) 839-1535
2115 Vista Oeste NW
Albuquerque-Vista Oeste, NM
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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