Effects of tele-pilates and tele-yoga on biochemicals, physical, and psychological parameters of females with multiple sclerosis

Najafi, Parisa and Hadizadeh, Maryam and Cheong, Jadeera Phaik Geok and Mohafez, Hamidreza and Abdullah, Suhailah and Poursadeghfard, Maryam (2023) Effects of tele-pilates and tele-yoga on biochemicals, physical, and psychological parameters of females with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12 (4). ISSN 2077-0383, DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12041585.

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Background: People with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) suffer from some comorbidities, including physical and psychiatric disorders, low quality of life (QoL), hormonal dysregulation, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction. The current study aimed to investigate the effects of eight weeks of tele-yoga and tele-Pilates on the serum levels of prolactin and cortisol and selected physical and psychological factors. Methods: Forty-five females with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, based on age (18-65), expanded disability status scale (0-5.5), and body mass index (20-32), were randomly assigned to tele-Pilates, tele-yoga, or control groups (n = 15). Serum blood samples and validated questionnaires were collected before and after interventions. Results: Following online interventions, there was a significant increase in the serum levels of prolactin (p = 0.004) and a significant decrease in cortisol (p = 0.04) in the time x group interaction factors. In addition, significant improvements were observed in depression (p = 0.001), physical activity levels (p < 0.001), QoL (p <= 0.001), and the speed of walking (p < 0.001). Conclusion: Our findings suggest that tele-yoga and tele-Pilates training could be introduced as patient-friendly, non-pharmacological, add-on therapeutic methods for increasing prolactin and decreasing cortisol serum levels and achieving clinically relevant improvements in depression, walking speed, physical activity level, and QoL in female MS patients.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multiple sclerosis; Pilates; Yoga; Tele-exercise; Prolactin; Cortisol; Mental health; Depression; QoL; Walking
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Medicine Department
Faculty of Sports and Exercise Science (formerly known as Centre for Sports & Exercise Sciences)
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2023 07:31
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2023 02:14
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/38724

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