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Traditional Acupuncture and Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling and Acupressure for Chronic Low Back Pain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00804089
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified December 2008 by Hermano Miguel Foundation.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : December 8, 2008
Last Update Posted : December 8, 2008
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Ecuadorian Federation of Physiotherapy, Tungurahua Branch
Technical University of Ambato
Information provided by:
Hermano Miguel Foundation

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to compare the therapeutic effects of acupuncture using traditional acupoints and Ashi points with myofascial trigger points superficial dry needling and acupressure, followed by postisometric stretching of the appropriate muscles, in the treatment of patients with chronic mechanical low back pain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Low Back Pain Procedure: Traditional needle acupuncture Procedure: Myofascial trigger point dry needling Procedure: Myofascial trigger point acupressure Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomised Comparative Pragmatic Clinical Trial of Traditional Acupuncture and Superficial Dry Needling and Acupressure of Myofascial Trigger Points for the Treatment of Patients With Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain
Study Start Date : December 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 2009

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Traditional needle acupuncture
Procedure: Traditional needle acupuncture
Traditional needle acupuncture using traditional meridian acupoints and Ashi (tender) points

Active Comparator: 2
Myofascial trigger point dry needling
Procedure: Myofascial trigger point dry needling
Superficial dry needling of myofascial trigger points found in the muscles related to low back pain, followed by their postisometric stretching

Active Comparator: 3
Myofascial trigger point acupressure
Procedure: Myofascial trigger point acupressure
Blunt needle acupressure of myofascial trigger points found in the muscles related to low back pain, followed by their postisometric stretching





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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of mechanical lower back pain for at least three months.
  • The chronic mechanical lower back pain is the chief complaint, with or without leg pain.
  • The lower back pain is disabling to the degree that affects the patient's routine job and/or his or her lifestyle.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with tumor, infection, major trauma to the spine causing fracture or disruption of the major ligaments, or cauda equina syndrome.
  • Patients with neurological signs of spinal nerve compression.
  • Patients having undergone spinal surgery, facet joint block and/or corticoid injection.
  • Patients with general contraindications for acupuncture or acupressure treatment.

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Contacts
Contact: Sergiy Voznesenskyy, Ph.D. B.P.T. (+593 2) 237 8374

Locations
Ecuador
Social Security Hospital Recruiting
Ibarra, Imbabura, Ecuador
Social Security Hospital Recruiting
Ambato, Tungurahua, Ecuador
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hermano Miguel Foundation
Ecuadorian Federation of Physiotherapy, Tungurahua Branch
Technical University of Ambato
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sergiy Voznesenskyy, Ph.D. B.P.T. Hermano Miguel Foundation

Responsible Party: Sergiy Voznesenskyy, Ph.D., B.P.T., Hermano Miguel Foundation
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00804089     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AR1-001-2008
First Posted: December 8, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 8, 2008
Last Verified: December 2008

Keywords provided by Hermano Miguel Foundation:
Low Back Pain, Chronic
Acupuncture
Dry Needling
Acupressure
Acupuncture Points
Trigger Points, Myofascial

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