The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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, 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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    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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