Microcurrent Effective for Trigger Points?
Myofascial trigger points are a well-documented source of head, neck and face pain. Myofascial pain can restrict biomechanical function of the joints and impair normal neurologic function. Traditional care often involves trigger-point therapy, which requires injections or manually applied pressure.
This study presents microcurrent as an alternative to traditional forms of trigger-point therapy.
One hundred and twenty-eight patients, the majority of whom had previously been treated with prescription drugs, physical therapy, surgery, acupuncture, trigger-point therapy or massage, were given microcurrent therapy to test its effectiveness in reducing myofascial pain symptoms.
Microcurrent therapy, delivered using graphite/vinyl gloves, produced improvements in several of the subject patients, demonstrating its potential effectiveness as a method used to reverse the ischemic changes and counteract the reduction in ATP synthesis seen in tissues presenting with myofascial trigger points.
In the spirit of good clinical research, the author of this paper identified several limitations to the study, and potential contrain-dications for the use of the modality. Because this is an experimental method, doctors should exercise caution in its use.
McMakin C. Microcurrent treatment of myofascial pain in the head, neck, and face. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic
, 1998;5(1), pp29-35.