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    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.

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    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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    Improving balance and mobility using Feldenkrais exercises

    Feldenkrais method (Photo: Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the developer) is an educational system designed to improve body movement and function. Its goal is to re-educate the nervous system and improve motor ability.

    Researchers at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia report their experience in older adults.

    First, the details.

    • 47 elderly adults were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 5 weeks.
      • Feldenkrais: 60 minutes 3 times per week
      • Wait list control
    • Changes in balance (tandem stance: 1 foot in front of the other), mobility (timed up and go), gait characteristics (GAITRite Walkway System), balance confidence (Balance Confidence Scale; ABC), and fear of falling (Falls Efficacy Scale) were measured.

    And, the results.

    • Balance and mobility increased significantly with Feldenkrais vs control.
    • Fear of falling decreased significantly with Feldenkrais vs control.
    • No other significant changes were observed, although the Feldenkrais group showed improved balance confidence and mobility while concurrently performing a cognitive task.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Feldenkrais exercises… offer an alternative method to help offset age-related declines in mobility and reduce the risk of falling among community-dwelling older adults.”

    They also want further research to identify any effect of Feldenkrais exercises on cognitive processes.

    6/7/10 20:39 JR

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