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 for lower back pain and sleep disturbance

    By the end of this study, the massage therapy group showed better results compared to the relaxation group.

    First, the details.

    • 30 adult men with low back pain for at least 6 months participated in the study.
    • Massage therapy was compared to relaxation therapy.
    • Sessions were 30 min long twice a week for 5 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • By the end of the study, the massage therapy group reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance compared to the relaxation group.
    • They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance.

    The bottom line?
    Recently a reader reminded me, “There are many people doing research on the value of massage for treating pain, facilitating rehabilitation, treating chronic musculoskeletal problems, and other conditions.” This is an example from the University of Miami School of Medicine.

    8/14 22:30 JR

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