Massage, Meditation, and Tai Chi for Chronic Lower Back Pain
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00070915|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 13, 2003
Last Update Posted : October 13, 2017
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Low Back Pain||Behavioral: Tai chi Behavioral: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program Procedure: Therapeutic massage|
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.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||120 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Factorial Assignment|
|Official Title:||Relaxation-Related CAM Therapies for Chronic Back Pain|
|Study Start Date :||September 2000|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||June 2003|
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00070915
|Principal Investigator:||Daniel C. Cherkin||Center for Health Studies|