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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    Chiropractic management of fibromyalgia

    Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania reviewed the evidence for chiropractic… and more.

    First, the details.

    • This review is based on The Scientific Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP).
    • 8 systematic reviews, 3 meta-analyses, 5 published guidelines, and 1 consensus document were identified.
    • The Manual, Alternative, and Natural Therapy Index System and Index to Chiropractic Literature databases yielded an 38 more articles on nonpharmacologic therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional/herbal supplements, massage, etc.

    And, the results.

    • Strong evidence supports aerobic exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy.
    • Moderate evidence supports acupuncture, massage, muscle strength training, and spa therapy (balneotherapy).
    • Limited evidence supports spinal manipulation, movement/body awareness, vitamins, herbs, and dietary modification.

    The bottom line?
    It’s not clear why the article is titled, “Chiropractic management of fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review of the literature.”

    1/6/09 21:36 JR

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