International Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Gokal R(1), Armstrong K(2), Durant J(3), Todorsky W(4), Miller L(5)
Volume 10 Issue 3 – 2017
1University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
2Women’s Integrative Healing, USA
5Advanced Pain Rehab, USA
*Corresponding author: Dr. Gokal R, University of Manchester, Consultant nephrologists, Royal infirmary, Manchester, UK
Received: December 12, 2017 | Published: December 28, 2017
The Successful Treatment of Chronic Pain Using Microcurrent Point Stimulation Applied to Scars
Objectives: Although microcurrent is widely used for chronic pain and stress management, as well as scar or neural therapy as a popular approach for the treatment of pain, there remains considerable controversy as to their combined therapeutic value in chronic pain management. We aimed to determine the effect and magnitude that DC microcurrent therapy has when applied to physical scars and its effects on a wide variety of non-specific chronic pain syndromes.
Design: This was a cohort study analysis of treatment outcomes pre, post and 48-hour follow-up after Microcurrent Point Stimulation (MPS) was applied to physical scars on 51 patients with history of non-specific pain.
Interventions: An MPS Scar Release protocol was applied bi-laterally to physical scars. Evaluations entailed a baseline Visual Analogue Score (VAS) pain scale assessment, which was repeated after an electro-therapy treatment and 48 hours later. All 51 patients received one Microcurrent Point Stimulation Scar Release session.
Outcome Measures: The VAS response of the 51 patient sample with chronic pain reflected a statistically significant reduction of 3.706 points or 59% reduction in mean pain levels post MPS Scar Release application, when compared to initial pain levels [95% CI (3.033, 4.379; p=0.0001]. When VAS was measured at 48-hour follow-up, there was another statistically significant reduction of 0.902 points or 34% reduction in mean pain levels post treatment [95% CI (0.406, 1.398; p=0.001]. Together, MPS Scar Release protocol produced a statistically significant reduction of 4.608 points or 73% reduction in mean pain levels post treatment, when compared to initial pain levels [95% CI (3.940, 5.275); p=0.0001].
Conclusion: The positive results in this study could have applications to patients who have physical scars and are impacted by chronic pain syndromes.
Keywords: Scars; Microcurrent point stimulation; chronic pain