Helping people with MS in the UK to stay mobile

by Multiple Sclerosis Trust
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Summary

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.
$10
total raised
1
donor
0
monthly donors
5
years active

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.

Solution

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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

http:/​/​www.mstrust.org.uk
MS Trust funded research
Previous study into the effect of pilates

Organization Information

Multiple Sclerosis Trust

Location: Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.mstrust.org.uk/​
Project Leader:
Laura Percival
Fundraising Officer
Letchworth, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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