Helping people with MS in the UK to stay mobile

$10 $120,579
Raised Remaining


The MS Trust hopes to fund research that will provide clinical evidence that Pilates-based core stability training can improve the balance and mobility of people with MS, delaying use of a wheelchair.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

MS causes balance and mobility problems. Balance can be affected in a number of ways including tremor, pain and fatigue which can all worsen balance and increase the risk of falling. MS can cause dizziness and vertigo which can make it difficult to remain upright, unsupported, even when standing still. Ultimately, people can become bedridden. If someone’s core strength can be maintained, their mobility is improved and they may be less likely to use a wheelchair.

How will this project solve this problem?

Pilates-based core stability training is popular with people with MS and their therapists but there is little evidence regarding its efficacy. This research will produce clinical applicable knowledge thus having a direct impact on those affected.

Potential Long Term Impact

If the research proves that pilates-based core stability training makes a positive difference to people with MS, the research would enable physiotherapists to advise their patients about the benefits of pilates-based exercise.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10 .  The original project funding goal was $120,589.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Multiple Sclerosis Trust

Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Laura Percival

Fundraising Officer
Letchworth, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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