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 helps patients recover after heart surgery

    The report appears on the Mayo Clinic website.

    Here are the highlights.

    58 patients undergoing surgery were studied to determine the effect of massage on post-surgery pain. Before the massage therapy, these patients rated their pain at an average of 3 on a 10-point scale (10 most painful).

    Of the 30 who received massage, the pain scores averaged less than 1. In the control group of 28, pain levels remained the same over the same period,

    The bottom line?
    As a result Mayo now has a full-time massage therapist available for patients after heart surgery, and a larger study is under way.

    The study will be published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. When I find it, I’ll link to it.

    11/1/07 21:06 JR

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