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The effect of the Pilates Method regarding to HYPERKYPHOSIS thoracic and balance in old-aged woman

Grant number: 11/12585-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2011
Effective date (End): November 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Tavella Navega
Grantee:Mariana Gíglio Furlanetto
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil


The biological aging process determines changes in the locomotor system, causing limitations to daily living activities. Every year there is a 1.5% loss of muscle strength resulting in changes of balance and postural alteration in elderly people, leading to increased risk of falls. The occurrence of falls in the elderly is a major cause of morbidity, mortality and functional independence loss. The decrease in physical activity results in sedentarism that predispose to postural changes, including the thoracic hyperkyphosis. The practice of physical activity is one way to ease the postural changes and imbalance. Pilates is a form of physical activity that works the core muscles to maintain balance: abdominal muscles and helps in the treatment of thoracic hyperkyphosis. Goal: To evaluate the benefits of Pilates in elderly women with thoracic hyperkyphosis and balance disorders. Method: Will participate in the study 30 elderly woman aged above 60 years which will be split into two groups randomly, such as the Pilates Group (GP, n = 15) and Control Group (CG, n = 15). The GP will carry out training for 8 weeks and the GC will receive lectures simultaneously. The two groups will perform specific tests for balance (Berg Balance Scale) and thoracic hyperkyphosis (computerized photogrammetry). At the end of eight weeks the GP and GC will be revalued. For the data analysis it will be use appropriate static test, with significance of p < 0.05. (AU)

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MARCELO TAVELLA NAVEGA; MARIANA GIGLIO FURLANETTO; DANIELE MORAES LORENZO; MARY HELLEN MORCELLI; BEATRIZ MENDES TOZIM. Effect of the Mat Pilates method on postural balance and thoracic hyperkyphosis among elderly women: a randomized controlled trial. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol., v. 19, n. 3, p. -, Jun. 2016.

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