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 therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder

    Prof. Ernst and colleagues have reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • Of 132 articles, only 6 studies met the authors’ inclusion criteria.

    And, the results.

    • 1 study found that massage plus conventional language therapy was significantly better than conventional language therapy alone for symptom severity and communication attitude.
    • 2 studies reported a significant benefit of massage for sensory profile, adaptive behavior, and language and social abilities compared with a special education program.
    • 1 study showed significantly beneficial effects of massage for social communication.
    • 2 studies suggested that massage therapy is effective.
    • All of these studies had a high risk of bias due to small sample sizes, predefined primary outcome measures, inadequate control for nonspecific effects, and a lack of power calculations or adequate follow-up.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Limited evidence exists for the effectiveness of massage as a symptomatic treatment of autism. Because the risk of bias was high, firm conclusions cannot be drawn.”

    4/3/11 21:23 JR

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