Pilates Therapeutics for Multiple Sclerosis Waldorf MD

Local resource for alternative treatment for multiple sclerosis using Pilates in Waldorf, MD. 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.

Waldorf Snap Fitness
(301) 705-7555
173 St. Patrick's Drive Unit 104
Waldorf, MD
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Pentagon Square Bally Total Fitness
1201 S Joyce St
Arlington, VA
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Sauna, Yoga

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Integrative Wellness Pilates
(703) 836-2430
300 Montgomery St.
Alexandra, VA
 
Gaithersburg Bally Total Fitness
188 Kentlands Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD
Programs & Services
Bilingual staff, Cardio Equipment, Child Center, Group Exercise Studio, Parking, Personal Training, Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Yoga

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Havre de Grace Snap Fitness
(410) 939-9595
2015-E Pulaski Highway
Havre de Grace, MD
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Alexandria-Old Town Snap Fitness
(703) 299-9499
1315 King Street
Alexandria, VA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Arlington Snap Fitness
15th St. S. & So. Fern St.
Arlington, VA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Mind Body Workshop
(703) 298-6934
8710 Bitterroot Court
Lorton, VA
 
Gaithersburg Snap Fitness
Seneca Hwy & Kentlands Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Hampstead Snap Fitness
(410) 374-6155
2315 Hanover Pike
Hampstead, MD
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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