Pilates For Low Back Pain.

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Pilates equal to General Exercise For Lower Back Pain.

Jeannine Stein writing in the Los Angeles Times Reported on a study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise indicating  that Pilates is “as effective for easing lower back pain as a general exercise program.” In an Australian study, 44 patients were assigned “to a Pilates program and  43 people to a general exercise regimen for six weeks. … After six weeks both groups showed substantial improvements in pain and disability compared with the beginning of the study.”

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Turmeric for tennis elbow?

Dr. Ananya Mandal reported in Medical News that a new study shows that turmeric – a common culinary spice could help in the treatment of painful tendonitis which includes the conditions known as tennis or golfer’s elbow.  Dr. Ali Mobasheri, of the University of Nottingham’s school of veterinary medicine and science, stressed that this does not mean that turmeric or curries should be considered a “cure” for tendonitis or arthritis.

He added, “We believe that it could offer scientists an important new lead in the treatment of these painful conditions through nutrition.”

For their study, the researchers at the University of Nottingham in London and Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany have described laboratory experiments that show the ingredient can switch off inflammatory cell cycle involved. In the laboratory, researchers used a culture model of human tendon inflammation to study the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin on tendon cells.  Results showed that curcumin inhibits NFkB and prevents it from switching on and promoting inflammation.

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