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Allysiê Priscilla de Souza Cavina, Eduardo Pizzo Junior, Aryane Flauzino Machado, Taíse Mendes Biral, Leonardo Kesrouani Lemos, Caio Russo Dutra Rodrigues, Carlos Marcelo Pastre and Franciele Marques Vanderlei

in individuals. 6 Among these modalities, there is the Pilates method. 7 The Pilates method can be performed on the ground, also known as mat Pilates, using only the body weight, 7 – 9 promoting an increase in the intensity through variation and difficulty of the exercise. 9 , 10 This increase in

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Noemi Moreno-Segura, Celedonia Igual-Camacho, Yéntel Ballester-Gil, María Clara Blasco-Igual and Jose María Blasco

of exercising with the Pilates method on aspects such as balance, function, flexibility, or low back pain for the general population have been reported, but recent reviews assert that the methodological quality of the published trials is poor and could lead to bias ( Engers, Rombaldi, Portella, & da

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Jennifer A. Stone

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Juliana Limba da Fonseca, Marcio Magini and Thais Helena de Freitas

Objective:

To evaluate the influence of pain on vertical ground-reaction force (VGRF) in patients with low back problems and the effect of the Pilates method on the gait of these patients.

Design:

A single-blind randomized controlled trial.

Participants:

28 individuals assigned to a control group (n = 11) and a low-back group (n = 17), the latter of which was subdivided into a Pilates group (n = 8) and a no-Pilates group (n = 9).

Intervention:

The Pilates group undertook 15 sessions of Pilates.

Main Outcome Measures:

The VGRF parameters were recorded during preferred and faster walking speeds. The data were collected before and after the intervention.

Results:

The weight-acceptance rate and push-off rate were significantly less in the right lower limb of low-back group than of the control group at preferred speed. Improvements were seen in the Pilates group postintervention, with increased middle-support force for the left lower limb at faster walking speed and decreased pain; this did not occur in the no-Pilates group.

Conclusions:

These results suggest that patients with low back pain use strategies to attenuate the amount of force imposed on their body. The Pilates method can improve weight discharge in gait and reduce pain compared with no intervention.

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Jaqueline P. Batista, Igor M. Mariano, Tállita C.F. Souza, Juliene G. Costa, Jéssica S. Giolo, Nádia C. Cheik, Foued S. Espindola, Sarah Everman and Guilherme M. Puga

the Pilates method, which was itself a limitation for performing exercises with greater amplitude of movement or that required greater isometric contraction. Although there was a familiarization session before the study, it did not seem to allow for the necessary intensity of the exercises compared

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George Sofianidis, Anna-Maria Dimitriou and Vassilia Hatzitaki

Pilates method, adapted to the age of the participants and the purpose of the intervention. Specifically, the program included use of power balls (small [21 cm] and big [45 cm]) of different diameters, ribbons, and weights of 1 kg. For the DG, each session included learning Latin dances appropriate for

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Christine E. Roberts, Louise H. Phillips, Clare L. Cooper, Stuart Gray and Julia L. Allan

, N.V.O. , Oliveira , E.M.D. , & Martin Dantas , E.H. ( 2010 ). Pilates method in personal autonomy, static balance and quality of life of elderly females . Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 14 ( 2 ), 195 – 202 . PubMed doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2009.12.005 Rolls , E. ( 2008 ) Memory