Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Vancouver WA

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Vancouver, WA. 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.

Camas Snap Fitness
(360) 844-5584
3316 NE Third Avenue
Camas, WA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Reform Pilates
(503) 232-3560
3430 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR
 
Yamhill Bally Total Fitness
110 SW Yamhill St
Portland, OR
Programs & Services
Cardio Equipment, Group Exercise Studio, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Tanning, Yoga

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West Union Snap Fitness
(503) 645-7900
18335 NW West Union Road
Portland, OR
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Milwaukie Bally Total Fitness
4330 SE International Way
Portland, OR
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Tanning, Yoga

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Battle Ground Snap Fitness
(360) 723-0100
2312 West Main Street
Battle Ground, WA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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East Portland Bally Total Fitness
10414 SE Washington St
Portland, OR
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Pool, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Tanning, Whirl Pool, Yoga

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Fairview Bally Total Fitness
1415 NE 223rd Ave
Fairview, OR
Programs & Services
Basketball, Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Tanning, Yoga

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Cedar Mill Bally Total Fitness
10860 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR
Programs & Services
Basketball, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Tanning, Yoga

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Hillsboro Bally Total Fitness
2200 NW Amberbrook Dr
Beaverton, OR
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Sauna, Steam Room, Tanning, Yoga

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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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