The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is 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.

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    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.

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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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