Pilates exercise training Vs physical therapy for improving walking and balance in people with multiple sclerosis: A randomized controlled trial | Research Letter
Background The capacity of individuals with multiple sclerosis to walk and maintain balance was tested in a randomised control trial to compare the benefits of a Pilates exercise programme to traditional physical therapy sessions. Method Before and after the training, participants were tested on their walking speed, balance, trust in their own equilibrium, lung capacity, and mental acuity. Results The Pilates and home exercise groups did not vary from one another on measures of walking speed (p=0.096), perceived walking ability (p=0.165), or fear of falling (p=0.385). Conclusion Pilates has the potential to improve mobility and stability for persons living with multiple sclerosis. There is no evidence that this technique is more effective than conventional physical therapy.