Migraine sufferers who participated in an aerobic exercise and relaxation program experienced less intense migraine pain, according to authors of a small study published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (2008; 18 ; 363–65).
As obesity rates continue to increase, so too does the prevalence of bariatric,
or weight loss, surgery. The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (www.asmbs.org) reports that, in 2006, an estimated 177,600 people in the United States underwent bariatric surgery. While these surgeries may offer a new lease on life for patients, emerging research has scientists concerned that fat may not be all that’s lost as a result of the procedure.
With an estimated 85% of women experiencing hot flashes as they approach menopause, finding effective non-medication treatment is vitally important. A new Baylor University study shows hypnotic relaxation therapy can decrease the frequency and severity of hot flashes in menopausal women.
The “core” by its simplest definition includes the muscles of the abdominals and back. However, the core is actually an integrated system that includes many parts. The “roof” is the respiratory diaphragm; the abdominals support the front wall; the back and hip muscles make up the back wall; and the pelvic-floor muscles make up the bottom. Together, these parts can also be referred to as the Pelvic Core Neuromuscular System (PCNS).
A significant selling point for getting people to move more is the possibility of reducing heart disease. But inspiring sedentary overweight or obese women to fitness may become more difficult, owing to a recent headline-making study published in the April 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, (2008; 168 , 884–90).
Your female clients don’t have to forgo their Pilates workouts if they become pregnant. With appropriate exercise adaptations, moms-to-be can benefit from traditional mat work variations to modifications on the reformer throughout pregnancy. Working on the reformer has three main benefits:
New research suggests that a woman’s level of physical activity is a better sign than body weight of existing coronary artery disease and future heart problems. The study, which appeared in the September 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (2004; 292 , 1179–87), examined 906 women who had chest pain, suspected narrowing of the coronary arteries, o...