Individuals with multiple sclerosis may find that Pilates leads to an improvement in balance confidence and walking ability, as well as helping to reduce fatigue, although the beneficial effects do not appear to be significantly greater than those derived from other exercise programmes

In January 2019 researchers from Spain published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess the effect of Pilates in individuals with multiple sclerosis. A total of 14 studies were identified. The quality of the studies was considered poor in five and good in three, with a further four ranging from “poor” to “fair”. Results showed that quality of life, self-perceived fatigue, balance confidence and walking ability all appeared to improve following Pilates. Depression was not influenced by Pilates and in addition it did not appear to be more effective than other exercise programmes for improving functional mobility, cardiorespiratory fitness, fatigue and quality of life. Further high-quality research is therefore required.

Sánchez-Lastra MA et al. Pilates for people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2019 Jan 3;28:199-212 

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