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.
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.
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.
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.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
MS Trust funded research
Previous study into the effect of pilates