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J Phys Ther Sci. 2017 Oct;29(10):1830-1835. doi: 10.1589/jpts.29.1830. Epub 2017 Oct 21.

Influence of pilates training on the quality of life of chronic stroke patients.

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Department of Rehabilitation Sports Lab, Korea Nazarene University, Republic of Korea.
Department of Physical Education, Korea National Sport University, Republic of Korea.
Department of Physical Therapy, Gang Dong University: Janghowon-Eup Post Office Box-1, Inchen-si 138-763, Republic of Korea.


[Purpose] This study was to observe the influence of Pilates training on the quality of life in chronic stoke patients. [Subjects and Methods] Forty chronic stroke patients participated in this study. They were divided into same number of experimental group (EG) and control group (CG). EG participated in a 60-min Pilates training program, twice a week for 12 weeks, while the CG did not participate in any exercise-related activities for the duration and participating in general occupational therapy without any exercise-related activities. Then the MMSE-K was performed before and after Pilates training to observe the influence of Pilates training on the quality of life in chronic stroke patients. [Results] Statistically significant improvement in the physical, social, and psychological domains was found in EG after the training. No statistically significant difference was found in all three quality of life domains for the CG. EG experienced a statistically significant improvement in all quality of life domains compared with that of CG. [Conclusion] Therefore, participation in Pilates training was found to effectively improve the quality of life in stroke patients. Pilates training involves low and intermediate intensity resistance and repetition that match the patient's physical ability and can be a remedial exercise program that can improve physical ability and influence quality of life.


Pilates training; Quality of life; Stroke

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