Pilates resulted in significant reductions in depressive and anxiety symptoms.

Pilates resulted in significant reductions in depressive and anxiety symptoms.


Complement Ther Med. 2018 Apr ;37:80-95. Epub 2018 Feb 13. PMID: 29609943

Abstract Title: 

The effects of pilates on mental health outcomes: A meta-analysis of controlled trials.


OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis estimated the population effect size for Pilates effects on mental health outcomes.DATA SOURCES: Articles published prior to August 2017 were located with searches of Pubmed, Medline, Cinahl, SportDiscus, Science Direct, PsychINFO, Web of Science, and Cochrane Controlled Trial Register using combinations of: Pilates, Pilates method, mental health, anxiety, and depression.STUDY SELECTION: Eight English-language publications that included allocation to a Pilates intervention or non-active control and a measure of anxiety and/or depressive symptoms at baseline and after the Pilates intervention were selected.DATA EXTRACTION: Participant and intervention characteristics, anxiety and depressive symptoms and other mental health outcomes, including feelings of energy and fatigue and quality of life, were extracted. Hedges' d effect sizes were computed, study quality was assessed, and random effects models estimated sampling error and population variance.DATA SYNTHESIS: Pilates resulted in significant, large, heterogeneous reductions in depressive (Δ = 1.27, 95%CI: 0.44, 2.09; z = 3.02, p ≤ 0.003; N = 6, n = 261) and anxiety symptoms (Δ = 1.29, 95%CI: 0.24, 2.33; z = 2.40, p ≤ 0.02; N = 5, n = 231) and feelings of fatigue (Δ = 0.93, 95%CI: 0.21, 1.66; z = 2.52, p ≤ 0.012; N = 3,n = 161), and increases in feelings of energy (Δ = 1.49, 95%CI: 0.67, 2.30; z = 3.57, p 

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