Pilates to improve balance and vestibular response
Mon,Oct 10, 2016 at 04:23AM by Carla Mullins
Why do this balance exercise?
In this exercise we have adapted the pilates apparatus to help improve the balance and vestibular responses for the client. We have used the pilates arc to create an unstable surface so that the client can improve their toe extension by walking back and forward on the arc. To increase the challenge of this balance exercise the client will then close their eyes in order to further challenge the bodies balance systems. Once the person is able to progress through this challenge they can start to move their head from side to side so as to challenge the vestibular system.
The exercise is appropriate for many clients, including those with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. These exercises and modifications are generally used in our Brisbane pilates studio classes as a means of improving our clients functional movement and to add variety and balance exercise challenges to their pilates classes.