Sunday, June 04, 2006

Migraine suffers would be victims of health fraud

It seems that migraine (headache) sufferers would be likely victims of health fraud in that the cause is poorly understood, unpredictable and often triggered by unknown factors, and can be difficult to treat.

As with me, my doctor told me to visit a chiropractor to get relief. As I think massage and relaxation does wonders for headaches of all kinds, I would rather find a good PT or massage therapist.

I have discovered that several PT's have fallen for the latest new-age treatments: Cranio Sacral Therapy. An osteopath started CST and the method are used by many chiros.

CST is just another weird belief without any therapeutic value:

In 2002, two basic science professors at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine concluded:

Our own and previously published findings suggest that the proposed mechanism for cranial osteopathy is invalid and that interexaminer (and, therefore, diagnostic) reliability is approximately zero. Since no properly randomized, blinded, and placebo-controlled outcome studies have been published, we conclude that cranial osteopathy should be removed from curricula of colleges of osteopathic medicine and from osteopathic licensing examinations [10].
(Source: Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine Interexaminer Reliability And Cranial Osteopathy)

Migraine suffers have to be careful to find a clinic or an individual therapist who they can trust, a theraphist who does not fall for this so-called therapy.

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