Effects of Pilates on postural balance and functional autonomy of elderly: a randomized controlled trial


  • Laís Campos De Oliveira
  • Deise Aparecida De Almeida Pires-Oliveira
  • Rafaela Claudia Alves Do Prado
  • Danielle Pereira D’avanso De Oliveira
  • Tiago Del Antônio
  • Rodrigo Franco De Oliveira
  • Raphael Gonçalves De Oliveira




Aged; Postural Balance; Exercise Movement Techniques.


Introduction: The Pilates method has become popular as a form of exercise, with good acceptance among the elderly, however, some variables need to be further explored, as the functional autonomy and postural balance. Objective: An objective of this study was to verify the effects of the Pilates method, based on the functional autonomy and postural balance in elderly women. Method: We recruited 24 volunteers who were randomly divided into two groups: experimental group (GE) who performed Pilates (n=12); Control Group (CG) who performed exercise static stretching (n=12). Both had a frequency of twice a week for eight weeks. The evaluations consisted of a battery of tests for functional autonomy of the elderly, the Group of Latin-American Development to the Maturity (GDLAM) protocol, six-minute walk test and static postural balance on a force platform. Results: The results showed significant results for GE in two tests of functional autonomy and the overall rate of functional autonomy (p<0.05). Differences for the other tests were not found. Conclusions: The intervention protocol with Pilates, allowed the improvement of functional autonomy in elderly women, not having an effect on the six-minute walk test and the postural balance.


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Oliveira, L. C. D., Pires-Oliveira, D. A. D. A., Prado, R. C. A. D., Oliveira, D. P. D. D., Antônio, T. D., Oliveira, R. F. D., & Oliveira, R. G. D. (2016). Effects of Pilates on postural balance and functional autonomy of elderly: a randomized controlled trial. Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.17784/mtprehabjournal.2016.14.327



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