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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    Review: Spinal manipulation to treat migraine

    Prof. Ernst reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • 3 studies were included in the review.
    • Their design quality was mostly poor and ranged between 1 and 3 on the Jadad scale.

    And, the results.

    • 2 studies suggested no effect of spinal manipulations in terms of Headache Index or migraine duration and disability compared with drug therapy, spinal manipulation plus drug therapy, or mobilization.
    • 1 study showed significant improvements in migraine frequency, intensity, duration and disability associated with migraine compared with detuned interferential (placebo) therapy.
    • The most rigorously designed study demonstrated no effect of chiropractic spinal manipulation compared with mobilization or spinal manipulation by medical practitioner or physiotherapist on migraine duration or disability.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Current evidence does not support the use of spinal manipulations for the treatment for migraine headaches.”

    5/8/11 21:57 JR

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