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2018, Cilt 9, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 025-032
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THE EFFECT OF PILATES EXERCISE ON QUALITY OF LIFE AND DEPRESSION IN POSTMENOPAUSAL PERIOD
Özlem Çinar Özdemir, Muhammet Fatih Uysal
Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi, Kemal Demir Fizik Tedavi ve Rehabilitasyon Yüksekokulu, Bolu, Türkiye
Keywords: Menopause, quality of life, exercise, depression

Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the effect of pilates exercises on quality of life and depression in postmenopausal women.

Patients and Methods: The postmenopausal women with a mean age of 55.71 years were assessed with their Quality of Life Menopause Specific Quality of Life Scale (MENQOL) and their depression levels by the Back Depression Scale. The individuals were later divided into two groups as the pilates exercise group (n = 21) and the home exercise group (n = 23). The pilates exercise group had 3 days a week of pilates exercises for 8 weeks, while the home exercise group had an 8-week home exercise program. Both groups were evaluated pre-exercise and at the end of 8 weeks.

Results: As a result of the evaluation, it was observed that there was a statistically significant difference between the first and last measurements of the individuals in the Pilates exercise group in both the MENQOL measures and the depression measures (p <0.05).

Conclusion: This study showed that pilates exercises applied to women in the postmenopausal period increased the quality of life and improved their psychological conditions.