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Evaluating Therapeutic Massage for Chronic Neck Pain

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: July 22, 2003
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: October 2004
This study will provide the basis for a full-scale trial to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain (CNP).

Condition Intervention Phase
Neck Pain
Procedure: massage
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Detailed Description:

Neck pain is one of the most common problems affecting the health of Americans and is a leading reason for using complementary or alternative medical (CAM) therapies. Therapeutic massage is one of the most popular CAM treatments for neck pain, but little is known about its effectiveness. This study will lay the groundwork for a full-scale trial that evaluates the effectiveness of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain.

The study will involve two phases. During Phase I, researchers will develop and pre-test key components for a randomized clinical trial. In Phase II, the safety and efficacy of massage for CNP will be evaluated. The changes in symptoms, function, and quality of life in massage and self care groups will be evaluated midway through treatment, at the end of treatment and at 6 months post randomization.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
The inclusion and exclusion criteria will be developed through consultation with a medical expert on neck pain and several massage consultants
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00065416

United States, Washington
Group Health Cooperative, Center for Health Studies
Seattle, Washington, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Karen J Sherman, PhD Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies
  More Information Identifier: NCT00065416     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT001584-01 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: July 22, 2003
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
neck pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neck Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 23, 2017