Points of Interest 08/08/2015

Homeopathy is a joke, says this Canadian educator. And not a funny one

Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Chronic Lower Back Pain in Older Veterans A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial "The SMT did not result in greater improvement in pain when compared to our sham intervention; however, SMT did demonstrate a slightly greater improvement in disability at 12 weeks. The fact that patients in both groups showed improvements suggests the presence of a nonspecific therapeutic effect."

A Systematic Overview of Reviews for Complementary and Alternative Therapies in the Treatment of the Fibromyalgia Syndrome. "Conclusions. Despite a growing body of scientific evidence of CAM therapies for the management of FMS systematic reviews still show methodological flaws limiting definite conclusions about their efficacy and safety." Always growing, never proven.

Clin J Sport Med. 2015 Aug 4.Climbing Has a Positive Impact on Low Back Pain: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. I wonder if Oregon will pay for this as well.

Acupunct Med. 2015 Aug 5. pii: acupmed–2015–010775. doi: 10.1136/acupmed–2015–010775. CT evaluation of acupuncture needles inserted into sacral foramina.. "CT scanning showed that in subject 1 of group A, the acupuncture needle intended for insertion in S3 was actually in the S4 foramen, and the acupuncture needle intended for insertion in S4 was actually distal to the sacral body. In subjects 2 and 3, the acupuncture needles were inserted accurately in the S3 and S4 foramina. In the three subjects who had acupuncture needles inserted in the S4 foramen, the tip of the acupuncture needle was an average distance of 6.0 mm from the rectum. The acupuncture needles inserted in subjects 4 and 5 of group B were inserted accurately into the S2 and S3 foramina.

CONCLUSIONS: Inserting acupuncture needles into the sacral foramina of S2 and S3 at an angle of about 60° has the potential to be used for sacral nerve modulation by repeated electroacupuncture stimulation. Needling may be less accurate in subjects with higher body mass index. Because of the potential risk of perforating the rectum with the needle, this technique must be used by specialists only."

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Points of Interest 08/06/2015

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