The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Effects of Pilates on endurance, flexibility, balance, and posture

    Dr. June Kloubec at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota reports her findings.

    First, the details.

    • 50 middle-aged adults were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • A 1-hour Pilates class 2 times per week for 12 weeks
      • A control group
    • The Pilates class included the essential (basic) mat routine consisting of approximately 25 exercises focusing on muscular endurance and flexibility of the abdomen, low back, and hips.

    And, the results.

    • There was significant improvement in endurance and flexibility.
    • There was no difference in posture and balance compared with the control group.

    The bottom line?

    Pilates requires neither equipment nor a high level of skill. The author tells us it’s easy to master and use.

    And after 12 weeks we can expect to improve muscular endurance and flexibility using a relatively low-intensity exercise program.

    Lots of Pilates videos are here.

    2/11/10 20:32 JR

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