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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    Task-oriented biofeedback improves gait in stroke patients

    Researchers from the Don Gnocchi Foundation I.R.C.C.S., in Milan, Italy tell us electromyographic biofeedback (EMG-BFB) shows equivocal benefits on gait retraining after stroke.

    In this study they evaluated EMG-BFB applied in a task-oriented approach to increase peak ankle power of the affected leg and gait velocity in patients with hemiparesis.

    First, the details.

    • 20 patients with chronic mild-to-moderate partial paralysis affecting only one side of the body were randomly assigned to EMG-BFB or a control group that received conventional therapy.
    • EMG-BFB involved the triceps surae during functional gait activities.
    • Treatment was administered with a fading frequency of BFB application and an increasing variability in gait activities.
    • Both groups had 20 treatments of 45 minutes each, including at least 15 minutes of walking-related therapy for the control group.
    • Follow-up gait analysis was obtained 6 weeks after training.

    And, the results.

    • BFB treatment led to significant increases in peak ankle power at push-off with significant increases in velocity and stride length.
    • The increases remained significant at 6 weeks.
    • The control group showed no improvement.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “A task-oriented BFB treatment was effective.”

    They would like to see studies in more severely impaired patients.

    1/8/10 22:00 JR

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