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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    Comparing chiropractic options for carpal tunnel syndrome

    Researchers at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls compared Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (GISTM) vs soft tissue mobilization (STM) by hand.

    First, the details.

    • Volunteers with characteristics, and physical and electrodiagnostic findings consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome were randomly allocated to receive either GISTM or STM.
    • The abstract does not state the number of volunteers studied.
    • Treatment to the affected area was given twice a week for 4 weeks and once a week for 2 additional weeks.

    And, the results.

    • Patients in both groups had improved nerve conduction latencies, wrist strength, and wrist motion.
    • Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome improved and patients reported satisfaction with the treatment outcomes.
    • Improvements were maintained at 3 months for both treatments.
    • The hand not treated showed no change, although no initial evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome was presented.

    The bottom line?
    Either approach to treatment appears to be a good option considering the alternatives.

    12/22/07 15:02 JR

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