Dr. Weil often recommends trying the Feldenkrais Method for the treatment of any kind of neurological injury or insult, especially since it claims success in training the nervous system in developing and utilizing new pathways around areas of damage. Feldenkrais has specifically demonstrated success in helping to rehabilitate stroke victims. It is also effective with head injuries and other neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Feldenkrais can be an effective part of an integrative-medicine approach to any painful condition from degenerative arthritis to fibromyalgia. Because it can help a person feel more comfortable within his or her body, Dr. Weil also feels that Feldenkrais can be an effective adjunct to psychotherapy and the treatment of mood disorders.
Use of Awareness Through Movement Improves Balance and Balance Confidence in People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Study.
This study examined the effectiveness of a structured, group motor learning process, Awareness Through Movement (ATM), on balance, balance confidence, and self-efficacy. Twelve people with multiple sclerosis were randomly assigned to either ATM or control groups. The ATM group participated in 8 classes, 2 to 4 hours each while the control group participated in educational sessions, over 10 weeks. Six outcome measures were used: the Basic Balance Master modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction in Balance (mCTSIB) and Limits of Stability tests; the Activities-specific Balance Confidence Scale; a number of prospective falls; Equiscale; and the Multiple Sclerosis Self-Efficacy Scale. The ATM group exhibited significantly improved mCTSIB scores indicating an average center of pressure position closer to theoretical center, had significantly fewer abnormal mCTSIB tests, and demonstrated improved balance confidence compared to controls. There was a trend toward improvement in all other measures in the ATM group compared to controls. These results suggest that this type of motor learning intervention can be effective in improving a variety of physical and psychological parameters related to balance and postural control.
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Everyone, young or old, those with great physical abilities or those with reduced abilities or difficulties.The Feldenkrais Method® can help people with chronic or acute pain in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, legs or knees by solving the cause of the problem, which is the inefficient use of the body. Based on this idea the method is effective also for those who want to improve the quality of their movement in order to improve their abilities in professional activities such as athletic competition and artistic performance (Dance, Music, Theater, Art, etc). The Feldenkrais Method® also helps people with problems of the central nervous system and neurological disabilities caused by Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, etc. Last but not least, the method is optimal for everyone in search of improving his/her quality of movement and movement potential, of experiencing greater ease and comfort during everyday activities, as well as of improving his/her body posture, respiration and achieving a greater sense of wholeness of self and well-being.