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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    Review: Pilates for chronic low back pain

    Researchers at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina-UEM, in Brazil, evaluated the effectiveness of the Pilates method on the pain and function in adults with non-specific chronic low back pain.

    First, the details.

    • 5 studies met the inclusion criteria.
    • The total number of patients was 71 in the Pilates group and 68 in the control group.

    And, the results.

    • Pilates exercise did not improve functionality or pain between Pilates and the control groups.
    • Pilates + lumbar stabilization exercises presented no significant difference in functionality or pain.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The Pilates method did not improve functionality and pain in patients who have low back pain when compared with control and lumbar stabilization exercise groups.”

    Similarly, researchers at the Peninsula Medical School, in Exeter, UK, reviewed the topic and concluded, “Although there is some evidence supporting the effectiveness of Pilates in the management of low back pain, no definite conclusions can be drawn.”

    8/26/11 22:12 JR

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