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.

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

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    Pilates, and preventing neck and shoulder disorders

    pilatesShoulder biomechanics and spine alignment are related to neck-shoulder pain.

    Researchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec studied the effects of Pilates.

    First, the details.

    • 19 adults were assigned to a treatment group twice, 12 weeks apart.
      • A Pilates training program (2, 1-hour sessions per week)
      • A control group
    • Seated posture; abdominal strength; shoulder range of motion; and maximal shoulder flexion, during which neck, shoulder and trunk kinematics, and the activity of 16 muscles were recorded.

    And, the results.

    • The Pilates training program improved abdominal strength and upper spine posture.
    • There was also stabilization in core posture during shoulder movements.

    The bottom line?
    The authors tell us, “Deficits in these functional aspects have been associated with symptoms in the neck-shoulder region.” They conclude that the “results support the use of Pilates in the prevention of neck-shoulder disorders.”

    11/8/09 21:45 JR

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