A Musculoskeletal Care study is the first to investigate individual perceptions of the impact of a Pilates exercise programme on the daily lives of people with chronic conditions.
In the study of 15 women and seven men with a range of chronic musculoskeletal conditions—including nonspecific low back pain, peripheral joint osteoarthritis and a range of postsurgical conditions—and an age range of 36 to 83 years, data were collected via digital recordings of four focus groups in three North‐West of England physiotherapy clinics.
The perceived benefits of Pilates aligned with previous work in relation to physical benefits; however, the study revealed additional benefits, such as an increased active lifestyle, psychosocial benefits, and the ability to manage patients’ own condition more effectively, with the net result being a holistic improvement in physical and mental health and positive consequences for social aspects of their lives.
“The study was unique in that it investigated individual perceptions of the impact of Pilates on the daily lives of people with a myriad of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The Pilates based exercise programme was a facilitator to enable the participants to function better and manage their condition more effectively and independently,” said co-author Lynne Gaskell, of the University of Salford, in the UK. “Improving function in meaningful daily activities produced psychological and social benefits that increased motivation to adhere to the programme and promote a healthier lifestyle.”
Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/msc.1365
Musculoskeletal Care is a peer-reviewed journal for all health professionals committed to the clinical delivery of high quality care for people with musculoskeletal conditions and providing knowledge to support decision making by professionals, patients and policy makers. This journal publishes papers on original research, applied research, review articles and clinical guidelines. Regular topics include patient education, psychological and social impact, patient experiences of health care, clinical up dates and the effectiveness of therapy
The objectives of the journal include:
1. Dissemination of evidence based practice e.g. implementation of best practice
2. Provision of clinical information on the management of patients with Musculoskeletal conditions
3. Sharing clinical, educational and research innovations relevant to professionals working within Musculoskeletal health or to patients with a musculoskeletal condition
4. Musculoskeletal Service developments e.g. clinical guidelines
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