July 2, 2014
Lynn Teo, ’12 MS-PREP, is a contributing author to a recent special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Pain Medicine, “Are Active Self-Care Complementary and Integrative Therapies Effective for Management of Chronic Pain?: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Literature and Recommendations for the Field“.
In 2010, the Army Surgeon General’s Pain Management Task Force and the Institute of Medicine recommended active self-care complementary and integrative therapies that require minimal training for the management of chronic pain. This systematic review put out by the Samueli Institute sought to rigorously assess the quality and effectiveness of these self-care strategies. Yoga, tai chi and music therapies yielded the most compelling studies in the treatment of chronic pain, with music therapy showing the best results. The report also sought to identify gaps in the literature, and to make recommendations for further research as well as steps for implementing programs to increase the practice of these complementary and integrative therapies.
Lynn Teo, MAOM, MSc, graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2011 and from the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Pain Research, Education and Policy Program in 2012. She is a review manager for the Systematic Review Initiative at the Samueli Institute, a non-profit research organization committed to exploring the science of healing, including complementary modalities such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga. Alongside her work as a researcher, Lynn is owner of Three Rivers Wellness in Bethesda, MD where she teaches yoga and practices Japanese-style acupuncture, Chinese herbs and shiatsu. She enjoys bringing her clinical expertise to her research work and applying the knowledge she acquires as a researcher to her practice.
Office of the Army Surgeon General. Pain Management Task Force Final Report: Providing a standardized DoD and VHA vision and approach to pain management to optimize the care for warriors and their families. Falls Church, VA: 2010
Lee C, Crawford C, Teo L, Spevak S. Active Self-Care Therapies for Pain (PACT) Working Group. An analysis of the various chronic pain conditions captured in a systematic review of active self-care complementary and integrative medicine therapies for the management of chronic pain symptoms. Pain Med 2014;15