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.

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    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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    Tai chi in female computer users

    Workplace computer use has been linked to musculoskeletal disorders, a leading cause of work disability and productivity losses in industrialized nations.

    Researchers from York University, in Toronto, Ontario studied tai chi as a workplace physical exercise for health promotion.

    First, the details.

    • 52 participants were enrolled in a class conducted by a professional tai chi practitioner during lunch hour.
    • The exercise program consisted of 2, 50-minute tai chi classes per week for 12 weeks.
    • Fitness was assessed before and after the program, and included resting heart rate, resting blood pressure, anthropometric measures, musculoskeletal fitness, and back fitness.
    • Psychological well-being was assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale.

    And, the results.

    • There were significant positive results in several areas.
      • Resting heart rate
      • Waist circumference
      • Hand grip strength

    The bottom line?

    The authors conclude, “The tai chi program was effective in improving musculoskeletal fitness and psychological well-being.”

    That’s nice.

    But considering that hand/arm and neck/shoulder musculoskeletal symptoms are common among computer users — with more than 50% reporting musculoskeletal symptoms during the first year after starting a new job — it’s too bad to that the researchers couldn’t show benefit in terms of musculoskeletal abnormalities.

    A no treatment group for comparison would have been instructive.

    1/3/10 18:26 JR

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