The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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    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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    Comparing chiropractic options for carpal tunnel syndrome

    Researchers at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls compared Graston instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (GISTM) vs soft tissue mobilization (STM) by hand.

    First, the details.

    • Volunteers with characteristics, and physical and electrodiagnostic findings consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome were randomly allocated to receive either GISTM or STM.
    • The abstract does not state the number of volunteers studied.
    • Treatment to the affected area was given twice a week for 4 weeks and once a week for 2 additional weeks.

    And, the results.

    • Patients in both groups had improved nerve conduction latencies, wrist strength, and wrist motion.
    • Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome improved and patients reported satisfaction with the treatment outcomes.
    • Improvements were maintained at 3 months for both treatments.
    • The hand not treated showed no change, although no initial evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome was presented.

    The bottom line?
    Either approach to treatment appears to be a good option considering the alternatives.

    12/22/07 15:02 JR

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