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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Water exercises following stroke

    Researchers in Germany reviewed the effects of water-based exercises on disability after stroke.

    First, the details.

    • 4 studies involving 94 participants were included in this review.

    And, the results.

    • There were significant improvements in activities of daily living and muscle strength.
      • These results should be interpreted with caution because the number of patients studied was small and based on single studies.
    • There was no improvement in ability to walk, postural balance, or fitness after water-based exercises treatment compared to control.
    • Adverse effects were not reported.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “There is a lack of hard evidence for water-based exercises after stroke.”

    The National Stoke Association takes a different view. “Exercising in water provides many benefits for stroke survivors, regardless of their level of ability.” Their review of the benefits is here.

    3/25/11 22:31 JR

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