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Type of Article : Original Research

Year: 2015 | Volume 3 | Issue 5 | Page No. 1250-1257

Date of Publication: 11-10-2015

DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2015.186


T. Ashika Tanna *1, Soumik Basu 2, Kajal Anadkat 3.

*1 M.P.T. Orthopaedics, YTTC, Assistant Professor, School of Physiotherapy, R.K.University, Tramba, Gujarat, India.
2 M.P.T. in Sports sciences, Assistant professor, Department of Physiotherapy, Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil medical college and research institute, Pimpri, Pune, India.
3 M.P.T. Musculoskeletal and Sports science, Assistant Professor, School of Physiotherapy, R.K.University, Tramba, Gujarat, India.

Corresponding author: Dr. Ashika Tanna, M.P.T. Orthopaedics, YTTC, Assistant Professor, School of Physiotherapy, R.K.University, Tramba, Gujarat, India. Contact No. +91-9978469090.
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Background: Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) can be defined as a rheumatological condition characterised by chronic widespread pain, a reduced pain threshold as well as hyperalgesia and allodynia. It is a nonarticular painful condition with generalised tender points.
Purpose: The aim of this randomised study was to compare the effects of Stott’s Pilates versus Yogic exercise on pain, tenderness, pressure threshold, depression & fatigue in Fibromyalgia patients, which is chronic musculoskeletal disorder.
Methodology: Female and male (n=20) who had a diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria were selected from Dr. D.Y.Patil hospital, Physiotherapy department O.P.D. The participants were randomly assigned into 2 groups. In group A, a Pilates exercise program of 1 hour was given by a certified trainer to 10 participants 6 days a week for 4 weeks. In group B, Yoga program of 1 hour was given by certified instructor to10 participants  6 days a week for 4 weeks. In both groups, pre- (1st day) and post treatment (4th week) evaluation was performed by VAS (Visual Analogue Scale), TPI (Tender Point Index), AS (Algometric Score), BDI (Beck Depression Inventory) and FSS (Fatigue Severity Scale).
Results: Twenty participants completed the study. In Group A significant difference were observed for VAS, TPI, BDI & FSS (statistically p<0.05) and in Group B significant difference were observed for VAS, TPI, AS, BDI & FSS (statistically p<0.05). But between group comparison result was not supports the within group differences (statistically p>0.05). Conclusion: Hence, we suggest Pilates exercise and Yoga both are equally effective in treating fibromyalgia patients.
KEY WORDS: Fibromyalgia, Pressure Algometer, Stott’s Pilates, Yoga.


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Ashika Tanna, Soumik Basu, Kajal Anadkat. EFFECTS OF STOTT'S PILATES VERSUS YOGIC EXERCISE IN FIBROMYALGIA PATIENTS: A PILOT STUDY. Int J Physiother Res 2015;3(5):1250-1257. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2015.186




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