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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    Benefits of Pilates in healthy people

    Researchers at the University of Evora, in Portugal, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 16 studies met the inclusion criteria.
    • Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) scale values averaged 4.1 — low level of scientific rigor.
    • The outcomes studied most often were flexibility, muscular endurance, strength, and postural alignment.

    And, the results.

    • Pilates appeared to improve the following outcomes in healthy people.
      • Flexibility (strong evidence)
      • Dynamic balance (strong evidence)
      • Muscular endurance (moderate evidence)

    The bottom line?

    That’s all fine, except that the studies were poorly done. So, we don’t really know any more now than before the studies were run.

    The authors recommend to do better studies.

    10/31/11 21:18 JR

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