Effects of Inter-electrode Distance on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness in Microcurrent Therapy

Abstract

[Purpose] This study examined the effect of the distance between the two electrodes on delayed onset muscle soreness during microcurrent therapy. [Methods] In this study 24 healthy women who hadn't exercised regularly for six months were selected and randomly divided into two groups. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) was induced and experimental Group 1 were given microcurrent treatment with the electrodes attached at a close distance evaluated. Experimental Group 2 received the same treatment with the electrodes attached at a greater distance apart. Visual analogue scale pain and the RIII reflex were evaluated after inducing DOMS and after one day, two days, three days and four days of microcurrent treatment. [Results] The visual analogue scale and amplitude of RIII amplitude only showed significant differences with the length of time of the treatment. [Conclusion] This study found that difference of interelectrode distance has no influence on VAS pain and the RIII reflex of DOMS. Although there were no significant differences in RIII amplitude, we suspect that it may be influenced by current parameters such as frequency and intensity.

DOI: 10.1589/jpts.25.1451

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@inproceedings{Lee2013EffectsOI, title={Effects of Inter-electrode Distance on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness in Microcurrent Therapy}, author={Jeong-Woo Lee and Ji-Sun Kang and Soo-Ji Park and Se-Won Yoon and Seong-Kwan Jeong and Myoung Heo}, booktitle={Journal of physical therapy science}, year={2013} }