TENS units have been found effective in reducing the pain caused by myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) without altering the signals in the muscle fiber. They can help improve range of motion. However, direct massage with pressure at the trigger point is most beneficial in getting the MTrP to release. In the mean time, a TENS unit, including microstimulation units help soften muscles so underlying TrPs can be located.
Caution - electrical units may cause the same symptoms as aggressive manual treatment, such as nausea and increased fatigue. Take care not to overdo, to rest, and to drink plenty of water. As always discuss this with your doctor. There are instances when electrical stimulation units are contraindicated and one must be trained in electrode placement.
All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press
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