Effect of one session of tDCS on the severity of pain in women with chronic pelvic pain

Nahid Divandari, Farideh Dehghan Manshadi, Nasim Shokouhi, Mahdi Vakili, Shapour Jaberzadeh

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Aim: The present study aimed to investigate the effects of tDCS on pain score in women with Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP). Materials & methods: A total of 16 women with CPP participated in the present double-blind sham-controlled cross-over study. Each participant received a 20-min 0.3 MA of trans Cranial Direct Stimulation (tDCS) with a current density of 0.1 mA/cm 2 . In addition to the pain intensity, the Quality of Life (QOL), disability, and depression statuses were assessed prior to and one week after the treatment. Shapiro-Wilks goodness-of-fit test for normality, dependent t-Test, and Wilcoxon Signed- Rank Test were used for data analysis. Values of p <.05 were considered statistically significant. Findings: Active tDCS treatment was effective in the reduction of pain (p =.0001), improving QOL (208.938 > 193.313, P =.025), and the disability (22.375 < 30.375, P =.025). The results showed no effect of active or sham treatment on the depression (p ≥.05). Conclusion: The positive effects of active tDCS on CPP suggest the need to study the effect of this method on other types of chronic pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-682
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pain intensity
  • Quality of life
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation

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