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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    Treating orthostatic hypotension after spinal injury

    Researchers from Belgium and Norway reviewed the evidence for non-pharmacological management of orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure upon standing) during the early rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury.

    Here’s what they found.

    • The quality of the study designs varied greatly.
    • 4 distinct non-pharmacological interventions for orthostatic hypotension were identified:
      • Compression and pressure to the abdominal region and/or legs
      • Upper body exercise
      • Functional electrical stimulation applied to the legs
      • Biofeedback
    • The value of compression/pressure, upper body exercise, and biofeedback to control orthostatic hypotension is not proven.
    • During orthostatic challenge, functional electrical stimulation consistently attenuated the fall in blood pressure.
      • However, its clinical application is less well established.

    More about functional electrical stimulation in patients with spinal cord injury can be found here.

    8/10/08 18:36 JR

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