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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    An economic evaluation of Alexander technique

    This is a follow-up to an earlier study of chronic and recurrent back pain by researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK.

    First, the details.

    • 579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain were recruited.
    • Comparisons were made among normal care (control), massage, and 6 or 24 lessons in the Alexander technique.
    • Half of each group was randomly assigned to exercise plus behavioral counselling from a nurse.
    • Costs to the NHS and to participants were compared.

    And, the results.

    • Cost effectiveness analysis of single therapies showed that exercise offered best value.
    • For two-stage therapy, 6 lessons in Alexander technique combined with exercise was the best value.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “A combination of 6 lessons in Alexander technique followed by exercise was the most effective and cost effective option.” tells us that Alexander technique is a method to improve ease and freedom of movement, coordination, support and balance. “It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities.”

    1/22/09 20:46 JR

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