Pilates helps girl with Cerebral palsy to walk

Filed under: Pilates News — Wayne on May 13, 2015

A young Australian girl with a muscle disorder has been helped to stand on her own two feet thanks to a Pilates therapy programme.

Georgia Farnan has reaped a number of benefits from regular Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes, in which she uses a machine to help her stand without the help of her walker. Not only that, but the young girl has also been able to take a number of steps using crutches for the first time in her life, whereas she usually has to use a bulky and impractical walking frame.

Georgia was born with cerebral palsy, which means that her movements are significantly restricted. However, she is finding herself more mobile and increasingly independent every day, thanks to the pilot exercise programme that she is enrolled in.

Pilates is so effective in her case because it helps to build balance and core strength, which are key to helping her stand unaided, with this being the ultimate goal of Georgia and her family.

Georgia was able to make such positive progress thanks to the White Zebra Foundation, which had been awarded $28,000 (£14,260) to back a pilot scheme that uses clinical Pilates to help children who are suffering from a range of physical disabilities. The money was donated by the Jon and Barry Brealey Trust, which was founded by the parents of two brothers who themselves had neurological diseases.

The programme was developed by physiotherapist Jodie Kariyawasam and consists of a nine-week intensive course of modified Pilates exercises using a reformer device.

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