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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    Benefits of massage to treat burn patients

    Thermal injury can cause severe physical and psychologic trauma. And, these patients commonly have severe itching and pain.

    Researchers at Atatürk University, in Erzurum, Turkey, examined the effects of massage therapy on burned adolescents with pain, itching, and anxiety.

    First, the details.

    • 63 adolescents (average age: 14 years) were enrolled in the study shortly after admission to a hospital burn unit.
    • Severity of pain, itching, and anxiety were recorded on the first and last days of the 5-week study.

    And, the results.

    • Massage significantly reduced pain, itching, and anxiety from the first to the last day of this study.

    The bottom line?

    The results support the benefits of massage reported in an small study by researchers at the Florida School of Massage, Gainesville. In 8 post-burn children there were significant increases in range of motion in massaged tissue but not in control (non-massaged) tissue. Mood was elevated throughout the study.

    6/15/11 21:43 JR

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