The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    CAM for myofascial trigger points and pain syndrome

    Researchers from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto reviewed the evidence for complementary therapies.

    First, the details.

    • This review is based on The Scientific Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP).
    • 112 articles were identified.

    And, the results.
    Myofascial trigger points

    • Moderately strong evidence supports manipulation and ischemic pressure for immediate pain relief.
    • Limited evidence exists for long-term pain relief.

    Myofascial trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome

    • Strong evidence supports laser therapy.
    • Moderate evidence supports transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), acupuncture, and magnet therapy.
      • The duration of relief varies among these therapies.
    • Limited evidence supports electrical muscle stimulation, high-voltage galvanic stimulation, interferential current, and frequency modulated neural stimulation.
    • Evidence is weak for ultrasound therapy.

    The bottom line?
    The article provides a starting point for comparing complementary therapies for myofascial trigger points and pain syndrome.

    More information on myofacial trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome is here.

    1/6/09 22:08 JR

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