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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    An economic evaluation of Alexander technique

    This is a follow-up to an earlier study of chronic and recurrent back pain by researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK.

    First, the details.

    • 579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain were recruited.
    • Comparisons were made among normal care (control), massage, and 6 or 24 lessons in the Alexander technique.
    • Half of each group was randomly assigned to exercise plus behavioral counselling from a nurse.
    • Costs to the NHS and to participants were compared.

    And, the results.

    • Cost effectiveness analysis of single therapies showed that exercise offered best value.
    • For two-stage therapy, 6 lessons in Alexander technique combined with exercise was the best value.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “A combination of 6 lessons in Alexander technique followed by exercise was the most effective and cost effective option.” tells us that Alexander technique is a method to improve ease and freedom of movement, coordination, support and balance. “It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities.”

    1/22/09 20:46 JR

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