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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014 Jul;18(3):332-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.11.017. Epub 2013 Dec 1.

Feasibility and outcomes of a classical Pilates program on lower extremity strength, posture, balance, gait, and quality of life in someone with impairments due to a stroke.

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1
The Pilates Principle, Latham, NY, USA; Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, School of Health Sciences, The Sage Colleges, 65 Ferry Street, Troy, NY 12180, USA. Electronic address: sarahrshea@gmail.com.
2
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, School of Health Sciences, The Sage Colleges, 65 Ferry Street, Troy, NY 12180, USA.

Abstract

Pilates is a method that can potentially be used for stroke rehabilitation to address impairments in gait, balance, strength, and posture. The purpose of this case report was to document the feasibility of using Pilates and to describe outcomes of a 9-month program on lower extremity strength, balance, posture, gait, and quality of life in an individual with stroke. The participant was taught Pilates exercises up to two times per week for nine months in addition to traditional rehabilitation in the United States. Outcomes were assessed using the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Stroke Impact Scale (SIS), GAITRite System(®), 5 repetition sit-to-stand test (STST), and flexicurve. Improvements were found in balance, lower extremity strength, and quality of life. Posture and gait speed remained the same. While these changes cannot be specifically attributed to the intervention, Pilates may have added to his overall rehabilitation program and with some modifications was feasible to use in someone with a stroke.

KEYWORDS:

Alternative therapies; Cerebrovascular accident (CVA); Exercise rehabilitation; Feasibility of Pilates; Pilates

PMID:
25042304
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.11.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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