Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 370–374

The Use of complementary medical therapies in the management of myofascial pain disorders

  • R. E. Harris
  • Daniel J. Clauw

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-002-0078-6

Cite this article as:
Harris, R.E. & Clauw, D.J. Current Science Inc (2002) 6: 370. doi:10.1007/s11916-002-0078-6


Complementary medical therapies are commonly used for the treatment and management of myofascial pain. No universally accepted therapy for this condition exists; consequently, patients often seek alternative and complementary therapies. Many complementary treatments are available. This article focuses on acupuncture, biofeedback, ultrasound, lasers, and massage. Although anecdotally claimed as effective, most of these modalities have not been rigorously investigated because of poor research quality. Appropriate controls, sample sizes, and blinding measures are often lacking. Despite these issues, the trend toward efficacy exists and further examination is warranted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Harris
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Clauw
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Rheumatology, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research CenterCenter for the Advancement of Clinical Research, The University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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