The complementary, conventional and alternative treatments when used together, helps patients in easing their lower back pain problem, which is better than using just the mainstream treatment alone, shows research results.
A small study was conducted, which included 13 patients, out of whom, seven patients were given integrated care, while six received usual care. The integrative care team at the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, included experts in chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, internal medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, physical therapy, orthopedics, psychiatry and rheumatology.
In a period of 12 weeks, the patients in the integrative care group showed significant reduction in their pain scores (0.37 per week as against 0.14 per week), and a functional status of (1.11 per week as against 0.49 per week) when compared to usual care group.
The results were promising, and this suggests that the approach towards treating low back pain demands further evaluation, reveal study authors.
These findings were presented at the North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
In yet another study that was presented at the conference, it was revealed that a meditation program reduced psychological distress, decreased disease activity and non-specific inflammation in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The study included 63 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, a few of whom were given usual care, while others practiced a meditation program at home for six hours per week, in addition to regular care with a Rheumatologist and prescribed medications.
After two months, the psychological distress was reduced by 30 percent in meditation group, while only a 10 percent reduction was seen in the control group. After six months, the psychological distress reduced by 33 percent in meditation group, while it reduced only by 2 percent in control group.
Also after six months, non-specific inflammation decreased by 35 percent in meditation group, but, on the other hand, there was 11 percent increase in inflammation noticed in the control group.