RAISED BED SURVEY
Therapeutic approach by Andrew Fletcher
(Raised the head of the bed by six inches/ 15 cm)
Interviews conducted face to face 20th-22nd June 1997
9 with people who have MS, 4 with people who have: -
Severe spinal injury =2, psoriatic arthritis =1,
Ex-terminal alcoholic =1.
(in some instances the experiences of the partners were noted)
plus 1 telephone interview with a person who has MS
1 discounted face to face interview where bed was not used over 7 months
Interviewers Mr John Simkins & Mrs Jean Simkins
(Andrew Fletcher attended some interviews as observer)
Method & Approach
Evaluation in every case and on each aspect considered is based on the answers given by the interviewees and therefore each report amounts to a subjective review. IN a few cases there is some more objective evidence, e.g. reports of optical examinations and access to records of physical recovery of the spinal injuries, psoriatic arthritis and alcoholism. Medical reports haven not been sought but two opticians reports were supplied.
The values given to answers obtained from specific questions are based on perceived degrees of change on using the raised bed, from the 'norms' described for the preceding months or years.
We believe there is good reason to conduct further investigation into the therapeutic value of sleeping on a bed raised by six inches / 15cm at the head. What is at work here is not specific to multiple sclerosis but the disease offers an excellent test-bed for investigation of affect on wide range of symptoms. The basis of physical and sensory sign and symptom improvement via this therapy is rooted in encouraging a body process that is normal and essential to human life and is an integral function in every human body.
It is our view that further work could best be done by a series of relatively short term studies on group of people who would be subject to detailed analyses of medical and health condition before and after the study period, and be monitored regularly throughout.
We believe that nothing in this report is overstated. A study protocol would benefit from taking on board much of what was learned and is reported from this survey. The additional use of other parameters including biological data related to blood and fluid circulation in the human body and a whole-body approach to analysing the results, would be likely to provide a viable objective view of this approach.
Printable document with tables and analysis.
Download for Raised Bed Survey by John and Jean Simkins of the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Center MSRC