The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is 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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    Massage reduces stress in nurses

    In a study of 60 nurses working in an Australian hospital 15 minutes of massage therapy once each week for 5 weeks reportedly reduced psychological stress levels compared to no massage.

    Although there was no change in urinary cortisol levels or blood pressure readings, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) scores decreased over the five weeks for those participants who received a weekly massage. The STAI scores of the control group increased over the five-week period. These differences between the groups were statistically significant.

    OK, I know what you are thinking. There were no changes in objective measures, STAI is a self-report assessment device, and the study was not blinded.

    But aside from these technicalities, don’t you agree with the logic that a weekly massage, or perhaps just looking forward to a weekly massage is a positive thing?

    I do.

    Illustration: Spring Health Leisure Clubs

    7/1/06 17:06 JR

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