Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • Pilates Effective for Reducing Pain from Scoliosis
    A review of a study of female college students conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Pilates in reducing the degree of non-structural scoliosis (and improving flexibility and pain) demonstrated that the Pilates method showed improvement across all three categories.
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  • Pilates Exercise Shown to Reduce Obesity and Increase Flexibility
    A study by Selcuk University (Turkey) measured the effect of eight weeks of Pilates exercise on obese women. The training program was found to effectively reduce obesity and improve body composition parameters, such as waist-hip ratio and lean body mass, as well as increase flexibility. The control group showed no significant changes during the same period.
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  • Pilates Shown to be Safe and Effective for People with Fibromyalgia Syndrome
    A pilot study by the University of Uludag (Turkey) on the effects of Pilates training on people with FMS concluded that after 12 weeks the people participating in the Pilates program had significant improvement in pain, compared to a control group participating in a home exercise program. The study concluded that Pilates is safe and effective for people with FMS.
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  • Pilates Study Shows Improvements for Post-Mastectomy Breast Cancer Survivors
    A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic (Minnesota) on the effectiveness of the Pilates method for post-mastectomy breast cancer survivors demonstrated statistically significant improvements in shoulder and neck rotation as well as quality of life, mood and body image.
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  • Pilates Not Shown to Be Superior to Other Exercises for Low Back Pain
    A systematic review of seven randomized controlled trials studying the effects of Pilates based exercises on pain and disability for individuals with low back pain concluded that Pilates is superior to minimal pain intervention, but there is not enough evidence that it’s superior to other forms of exercise.
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