Research shows Pilates can help musculoskeletal conditions

Filed under: Pilates News — Cathy on December 5, 2018

A recent study has shown that Pilates can help people to manage some chronic medical conditions more effectively.

The study, which was recently published by the online journal Musculoskeletal Care, was carried out by a team from the University of Salford, Manchester. The team recruited 22 volunteers with various musculoskeletal conditions for the study. Participants were aged between 36 and 83 and they all committed to a 12-week Pilates-based exercise regime.

In an interview with a reporter from MedicalResearch.com, Lynne Gaskell, the co-author of the study, explained how effective this exercise plan was. She said:

“A Pilates-based exercise programme enabled the participants to function better independently including better performance at work and/or hobbies within a short time frame. The Pilates exercise enabled participants to manage their own musculoskeletal conditions more effectively.”

Improvements in their ability to perform tasks in a more effective and normal way also had a positive impact on their mental state. Participants were physically able to do more and socialise. The result was that they felt happier in themselves. Many of the people who attend Pilates classes in Pilates classes in Rochdale pilates classes Pilates classes in Rochdale, and other places across the UK, can also attest to the powerful positive effect of this form of exercise.

However, Gaskell did point out that the study was a relatively small one. Towards the end of the interview, she encouraged the NHS to carry out further research. The researcher also pointed out that it may be possible to use Pilates to help patients to rehabilitate as well as reduce the symptoms of some musculoskeletal conditions.

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