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Massage, Meditation, and Tai Chi for Chronic Lower Back Pain

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00070915
First Posted: October 13, 2003
Last Update Posted: October 13, 2017
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Collaborator:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kaiser Permanente
  Purpose
This clinical trial is a preliminary study designed to prepare for a full-scale, randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of tai chi, mediation, and therapeutic massage for chronic lower back pain in adults.

Condition Intervention
Low Back Pain Behavioral: Tai chi Behavioral: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program Procedure: Therapeutic massage

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Relaxation-Related CAM Therapies for Chronic Back Pain

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Further study details as provided by Kaiser Permanente:

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: September 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2003
Detailed Description:

Despite the common use of complementary and alternative therapies for back pain, little is known about how such therapies compare with each other or with conventional medical therapies in terms of effectiveness and cost. This study will lay the groundwork for a full-scale trial that will evaluate the relative effectiveness and costs of three promising relaxation-related techniques (massage, tai chi, and meditation) that are appropriate for both younger and older adults with chronic lower back pain. The pilot study will identify and resolve unanticipated problems and estimate the sample sizes required for an adequately-powered, full-scale trial.

Participants with chronic lower back pain will be randomly assigned to one of the following groups: tai chi, massage, meditation, or continued usual care (control group). The participants assigned to each intervention will be divided equally between persons under and over age 65.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Chronic lower back pain
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00070915


Sponsors and Collaborators
Kaiser Permanente
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Daniel C. Cherkin Center for Health Studies
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kaiser Permanente
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00070915     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AT000606-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: October 9, 2003
First Posted: October 13, 2003
Last Update Posted: October 13, 2017
Last Verified: October 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms