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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    Music and exercise in children with severe burns

    Researchers from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas studied the effects of adding music and exercise to a rehabilitation program in children with thermal injury.

    First, the details.

    • 24 severely burned children (ages 2 to 6 years) participated in a 12-week rehabilitation program.
      • 15 received standard care plus music and exercise.
      • 9 received standard care.
    • Researchers measured elbow and knee range of motion.
    • Groups were compared for demographics as well as active and passive ROM to bilateral elbows and knees.

    And, the results.

    • Patients receiving the 12-week program significantly improved range of motion in all joints assessed except one.
    • Patients receiving standard care showed a significant improvement in only one of the joints assessed.

    The bottom line?
    “Providing a structured supplemental music and exercise program during occupational and physical therapy seems to improve both passive and active ROM to a greater extent than the standard care alone,” concluded the authors.

    1/28/09 21:42 JR

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