MOST COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE PATIENTS REPORT BENEFIT

A new report looks at chiropractic and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use for back pain.

The findings show that “approximately 6% of the US population used CAM to treat their back pain in 2002. Sixty percent of respondents who used CAM for back pain perceived a ‘great deal’ of benefit.” Subjects who reported that “conventional medical treatment would not help” were more likely to experience perceived benefit. Conversely, fair to poor self-reported health status and referral by a conventional medical practitioner were tied with less perceived benefit.

Using chiropractic as a reference, massage, relaxation techniques and herbal therapy were all associated with less perceived benefit. Yoga, tai chi, qi gong and acupuncture were associated with similar levels of perceived benefit as chiropractic.

Source:
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine – May 2010;23:354-62.
www.jabfm.org

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