Alternative Medicines Rated in Consumer Reports Survey
WebMD News Archive
June 30, 2005 - Healing hands are the best, Consumer Reports readers say.
The nonprofit consumer magazine asked its readers how well alternative medicines work for what ails them. More than 34, 000 readers took part.
"We asked them to rate the effectiveness of conventional and complementary treatments for their two biggest problems over the last two years, " Consumer Reports Features Editor Leslie Ware tells WebMD. "They told us whether these treatments helped a lot, helped some, helped a little, or were no help at all."
The consumers' verdict:
The survey findings appear in the August issue of Consumer Reports.
Hands-On Therapies Get Thumbs Up
"For conditions such as, , and, some forms of alternative medicine did work well, " Ware says. "Those were, specifically, chiropractic and deep tissue massage. So look for hands-on therapies to work well for these conditions."
That's because moderate pressure to muscles and soft tissues stimulates a cascade of biological effects, explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
"We are finding that moderate pressure is essential for any of the effects we see from massage, " Field tells WebMD. "That may be one way chiropractic works, because typically a chiropractor applies moderate pressure. So does just about any sport that you do - or any self-massage like . Anything that stimulates the body's pressure receptors will help."
Field warns that it's important to find a qualified therapist before undergoing such therapies.
"I always recommend that people go to their local massage school for a referral, " she says. "And I suggest that since these treatments are expensive, that they learn the techniques themselves and teach their significant other to do it, so couples are massaging each other and parents are massaging children. Because the effects are so compelling, I recommend a regular dose, just like ."How to fix a pinched nerve in neck?? How to do tricks in sol? What does cappin mean? What are motifs? How to exit full screen?? What is the meaning of the movie collateral beauty? How to move out at 18?? What is hemoglobin a1c? Tips on how to save your relationship? What does tb mean in text? How to take screenshot on samsung? How to draw a suit?? Cash me outside how bout dat meaning? What does island boy mean? Why are my finger tips peeling? Tips on how to be inclusive at workplace? What is the meaning of iglesia? What is the meaning of the jordan flag? What time does quest diagnostics open? 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