The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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.

  • About the author

    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.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Massage reduces stress in nurses

    In a study of 60 nurses working in an Australian hospital 15 minutes of massage therapy once each week for 5 weeks reportedly reduced psychological stress levels compared to no massage.

    Although there was no change in urinary cortisol levels or blood pressure readings, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) scores decreased over the five weeks for those participants who received a weekly massage. The STAI scores of the control group increased over the five-week period. These differences between the groups were statistically significant.

    OK, I know what you are thinking. There were no changes in objective measures, STAI is a self-report assessment device, and the study was not blinded.

    But aside from these technicalities, don’t you agree with the logic that a weekly massage, or perhaps just looking forward to a weekly massage is a positive thing?

    I do.

    Illustration: Spring Health Leisure Clubs

    7/1/06 17:06 JR

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