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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Does Pilates improved balance?

    Researchers at the University of Tasmania, in Launceston, evaluated the effects of a Pilates on balance and function in community-dwelling elderly adults.

    First, the details.

    • 59 ambulatory older community-dwelling adults were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 5 weeks.
      • Pilates training
      • Usual activity (control)
    • 6 weeks later they switched treatments.
    • Static and dynamic balance and leg strength were recorded 4 times before and after each treatment.
      • Static balance is maintaining balance while still, and dynamic balance is maintaining balance while moving.

    And, the results.

    • There were no significant differences between the groups in function despite significantly improved balance.
    • Improvements that occurred during Pilates did not return to baseline levels.
    • There were no changes in leg strength.
    • Mediolateral sway (back and forth, forward and back) standing on a foam cushion with eyes closed improved, with the largest effect after Pilates.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Although there were no significant between-group differences, participation in the Pilates component of the study led to improved static and dynamic balance.”

    They suggest that the absence of differences between the groups may be a consequence of too few people studied or because the benefits of Pilates were maintained when the participants in the control group crossed over to the Pilates treatment.

    Several months ago, a review of the published evidence for Pilates in healthy people concluded, “The studies were poorly done. So, we don’t really know any more now than before the studies were run.”

    2/21/12 21:45 JR

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