Neurostructural Integration Technique for Fibromyalgia (NST)
Fibromyalgia is a common cause of widespread musculoskeletal pain. The investigators have found that our patients seem to benefit from a soft tissue physical therapy called neurostructural integration therapy (NST). The purpose of this study was to compare NST to hydrotherapy which is already used to manage fibromyalgia symptoms.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Study Start Date:||April 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2004|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
A form of physical therapy to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia
A form of physical therapy
Active Comparator: Hydrotherapy
An alternate form of physical therapy to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia
Other Name: A form of physical therapy
Twenty female patients who met the American College of Rheumatology diagnostic criteria for the classification of FM were enrolled in the study. Patients were randomly allocated to receive either hydrotherapy or NST. Patient evaluations were performed at baseline, six weeks, three months, and six months. Primary outcome measures included the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire, the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and the Total Myalgic Score. Duration of morning stiffness and duration of weekly aerobic exercise as reported by the participants were secondary outcome measures. Statistics analysis was performed by standard parametric and non parametric methods.