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Two NPIs compared to treat low back pain

  A clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of two methods of exercise to treat mild low back pain, the Back School and McKenzie. A Brazilian randomized controlled trial randomized controlled trial of Garcia and colleagues, published in the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2013, compared to a month efficacy of two physical exercise methods, […]

Osteopathy prevents chronic back pain

  A clinical trial evaluates the effectiveness of osteopathy on the prevention of chronic back pain in people at risk. A randomized controlled trial of English Williams and colleagues, published in the journal Family Practice in 2003, evaluates the effectiveness of osteopathy to reduce acute and subacute back pain over a period of two months. […]

Meta-analysis: essential for NPIs practice

Meta-analysis, an indispensable tool for understanding the benefits and risks of non-pharmacological interventions. More than 100 million Europeans are using alternative medicines according to the 2012 CAMBrella survey. The popularity of these medicines is growing as evidenced by bestsellers, magazine covers, television report hearings and Internet consultations. They are accessible everywhere, in hospitals, in city […]

Utility to associate a method of rehabilitation and psychotherapy for treating back pain

A clinical trial evaluating the long-term benefit of a combined program of physical rehabilitation and behavioral psychotherapy compared to a single program in the treatment of back pain. A Swedish randomized controlled trial of Jensen and colleagues, published in the journal Pain in 2005, compared to 3 years of follow up the effectiveness of medical and behavioral […]

Fasting is not a miracle treatment for now

INSERM published in 2014 an expert report on the therapeutic efficacy and safety of fasting. Gueguen and his colleagues published a 2014 INSERM report on the effectiveness and safety of fasting preventive and therapeutic. Current scientific evidence is available to conclude its effectiveness. Fasting the mechanisms are too vague and speculative. Studies have numerous methodological […]

The dru yoga, a NPI against stress and back pain at work

A clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of yoga on the perception of stress and back pain. An English randomized controlled trial of Hartfiel and colleagues, published in the journal Occupational Medicine http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/ in 2012, comparing 8-week efficacy of yoga on perceived stress, back pain and psychological well-being. The results show that a yoga program on workplace participants […]

The guided physiotherapy by phone

A clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a technique guided by phone physiotherapy for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. A randomized controlled trial of English Salisbury and his colleagues, published in Health Technology Assessment Journal in 2013 evaluated the effectiveness of a physiotherapy support by phone on musculoskeletal disorders over a period of six months. This […]

Role of Complementary Medicines according to the French Academy of Medicine

  The French Academy of Medicine published a report in 2013 on the usefulness of acupuncture, osteopathy, chiropractic, hypnosis and Tai Chi. The report by Bontoux and colleagues, published by the National Academy of Medicine in 2013, analyzes the clinical value of four techniques: acupuncture, manual medicine (osteopathy and chiropractic), hypnosis and Tai Chi. The […]

Blog In Health

Welcome to the Blog in Health Why this blog? Non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) and health prevention programs vary greatly in terms of efficacy and cost-benefits. This wide range of results generates persistent –sometimes intentional– confusion and misconceptions, which can mislead people made vulnerable by a medical condition. Blog in Health reviews the most rigorous studies focusing on […]