National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

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Upcoming Chats

Twitter Chat on Low-Back Pain and Complementary Health Approaches April 24, 2014 3:00 p.m. ET

Have you ever suffered from low-back pain? Have you found it difficult to manage? If so, you aren’t alone. For some people, back pain can become chronic or even debilitating, and difficult to treat. Studies have looked at the benefits of some complementary health approaches, such as spinal manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and yoga, for low-back pain. In fact, they are all included in a longer list of treatment options recommended by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians for patients whose low-back pain does not improve with more conservative care.

We’ll discuss what the science says about these complementary health approaches for people with low-back pain during this month’s Twitter chat.

Our experts will be:

Additional participants will include:

We’ll be tweeting from @NCCAM. Follow the conversation at #nccamchat.

Sample Tweets

  • Join @NCCAM for a chat on low-back pain 4/24, 3pm ET #nccamchat
  • Ever use a complementary approach for back #pain? @NCCAM will discuss what the science says 4/24, 3pm ET #nccamchat
  • Bring your Qs! @NCCAM talking low-back pain & health approaches such as #yoga, spinal manipulation, & massage 4/24, 3pm ET #nccamchat
  • Share with @NCCAM how you manage your #backpain. They’re hosting a chat on complementary health & low-back pain 4/24, 3pm ET #nccamchat

Join us as we host or participate in live online chats that cover a variety of health topics. If we’re hosting, we’ll be focusing on complementary health approaches for a specific health topic. An expert in scientific and health issues will be available to answer your questions. Most chats will occur on the last Thursday of each month. Dates, times, and topics may change and will be announced on this page and through Twitter and Facebook.

To join a chat that we’re hosting, use the hashtag #nccamchat. If we’re participating in another organization’s chat, we’ll share the hashtag where the conversation is taking place.

Past Chats

Twitter Chat on Menopause and Complementary Health Approaches March 19, 2014
Chat Expert: D. Lee Alekel, Ph.D. from NCCAM and Terri Cornelison, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G. from ORWH
Massage Therapy for Health Purposes March 06, 2014
Chat Expert: Dr. Partap Khalsa