New research indicates that massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and other complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies utilized as part of a multidisciplinary, team-based model of care benefit low-back-pain patients “significantly.”

David M. Eisenberg, M.D., and colleagues from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington; and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, compared conventional therapy alone—defined as usual care—to the combination of an integrated program of CAM therapies plus usual care, according to a press release from the publisher of the research.

They report significant differences between the two randomized patient groups in outcomes that included pain, functional status, and difficulty performing routine, and self-identified challenging activities.

The research was published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article, “A Model of Integrative Care for Low-Back Pain,” is available free on The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine website at

Read the press release here.

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