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

    This blog is 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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    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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