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Effects of chiropractic vs.transcutaneous electrical stimulation treating somatic tinnitus

TAO Quan,DU Qing,ZHOU Xuan,et al.Department of Rehabilitation Medicine,Xinhua Hospital of Shanghai Jiaotong University,Shanghai 200092,China  
Objective: To study the differences of chiropractic vs.transcutaneous electrical stimulation(TENS) treating somatic tinnitus caused by muscular tension in the head and neck.Methods: Twenty-eight cases of tinnitus were randomly divided into chiropractic group and TENS group with fourteen cases in each group.Bilateral static potential in masticatory muscles,sternocleidomastoid and superior trapezius by sEMG and tinnitus loudness were assessed before and after treatment.Results: After two weeks of treatment,static potential and VAS score of tinnitus loudness in both groups were decreased(P0.01 or P0.05),more significantly in chiropractic group than in TENS group(P0.05).The effective rates of chiropractic group was obviously higher than TENS group(P0.01).Conclusion: Somatic tinnitus caused by muscular tension in the head and neck can be improved by chiropractic or TENS treatment,and chiropractic is more satisfactory.
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