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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    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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