Safety

Publication Title: 
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists

The safety of a traditional Chinese exercise, Tai-Chi Chuan, on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients was evaluated. RA patients, who received 1 h of Tai-Chi Chuan instruction once (n = 20) and twice (n = 15) a week for 10 consecutive wk in two separate studies, showed no deterioration in their clinical disease activities compared with the corresponding controls (n = 11 and 9, respectively). Testing parameters included joint tenderness, joint swelling, time to walk 50 feet, handgrip strength and a written functional assessment.

Author(s): 
Kirsteins, A. E.
Dietz, F.
Hwang, S. M.
Publication Title: 
Orthopedic Nursing

Tai Chi is a slow and gentle exercise that is suitable for older adults with chronic illness. This exercise offers the benefits of flexibility, muscle strengthening, and endurance training. Tai Chi has the capability of improving the health of elders without exacerbating existing impairments. Therefore, older adults may be more inclined to participate in and maintain an exercise program.

Author(s): 
Adler, Patricia A.
Roberts, Beverly L.
Publication Title: 
Orthopaedic Nursing / National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses

Tai Chi is a slow and gentle exercise that is suitable for older adults with chronic illness. This exercise offers the benefits of flexibility, muscle strengthening, and endurance training. Tai Chi has the capability of improving the health of elders without exacerbating existing impairments. Therefore, older adults may be more inclined to participate in and maintain an exercise program.

Author(s): 
Adler, Patricia A.
Roberts, Beverly L.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To examine the views of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) groups on the need to demonstrate the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of their therapies and practices. DESIGN: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 22 representatives of three CAM groups (chiropractic, homeopathy and Reiki). Qualitative content analysis was used to identify similarities and differences among and across groups. SETTING: Ontario, Canada. RESULTS: There were striking differences in the views of the three sets of respondents.

Author(s): 
Kelner, M. J.
Boon, H.
Wellman, B.
Welsh, S.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses

One objective of Healthy People 2010 is to increase both quality and years of healthy life. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses strategies that can help individuals meet this goal. CAM includes therapies such as acupuncture, dietary supplements, reflexology, yoga, massage, chiropractic services, Reiki, and aromatherapy. Many CAM therapies focus on the concept of energy. The literature describes the use of CAM in individuals with neurological diseases such as dementias, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, spinal cord injury, and epilepsy.

Author(s): 
Fowler, Sue
Newton, Linda
Publication Title: 
Cranio: The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice

This randomized double-blind study evaluated the effectiveness of pulsed radio frequency energy therapy (PRFE) in patients with temporomandibular joint arthralgia. Forty subjects (age range 22 to 55 yrs.) were assigned randomly into two equal groups: (1) Experimental group received PRFE using the Energex unit (Energex, Inc. Emerson, New Jersey) and (2) Control group received PRFE placebo treatment using a sham device. Both groups received six applications to the TMJ area over two weeks. Data were analyzed for the following times: baseline, first and second follow-up visits.

Author(s): 
Al-Badawi, Emad A.
Mehta, Noshir
Forgione, Albert G.
Lobo, Silvia Lobo
Zawawi, Khalid H.
Publication Title: 
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
White, A.
Publication Title: 
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Author(s): 
Ernst, E.
White, A.
Publication Title: 
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne

Unconventional therapies (UTs) are therapies not usually provided by Canadian physicians or other conventionally trained health care providers. Examples of common UTs available in Canada are herbal preparations, reflexology, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. UTs may be used along with conventional therapies (complementary) or instead of conventional therapies (alternative). Surveys have shown that many Canadians use UTs, usually as complementary therapies, for a wide range of diseases and conditions. Reliable information about UTs is often difficult to find.

Author(s): 
Kaegi, E.
Publication Title: 
Canadian Family Physician Médecin De Famille Canadien
Author(s): 
Burford-Mason, Aileen

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