Improving Flexibility With a Mindbody Approach

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 10, 2010
Last Update Posted : June 20, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Anne M. Jensen, Parker Research Institute

Brief Summary:

The objectives of this study are to investigate if Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) will impact back and leg flexibility over both the short-term and the long-term.

It is hypothesized that NET will improve flexibility and that these changes are durable.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
General Low Back Hip and Hamstring Flexibility Behavioral: Neuro Emotional Technique Other: Stretching Instruction Early Phase 1

Detailed Description:

General flexibility is a key component of health, wellbeing and general physical conditioning. In fact, lack of flexibility has been associated with an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries and underperformance.

It has been previously shown that a regular stretching routine will improve flexibility relatively quickly. However, when the routine is discontinued or when stretching is not performed regularly, flexibility is also quickly lost. Therefore, an alternative intervention with longer retention would be desirable.

The reason for reduced flexibility, or a shortened muscle length, can be multifactorial. Reduced flexibility can be due to physical causes, such as an acute injury or strength training. Likewise, mental factors, such as anxiety and stress, can also significantly contribute to muscle tension, thereby reducing flexibility. It has been previously shown that somatic symptoms of anxiety can be lessened by treating the psychological symptoms of anxiety. It has also been previously shown that Neuro Emotional Technique® (NET), a chiropractic stress-reduction technique, is effective at reducing stress. Therefore, I hypothesize that NET may be effective at improving general flexibility. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate if NET can improve flexibility in the short-term, and if so, if these changes are durable in the long term.

Participants of this study will be randomly divided into three arms: (1) Experimental Arm - which will receive two 20-minute sessions of NET, (2) Active Controls - which will receive two 20-minute sessions of stretching instructions, and (3) Inactive Control - which will receive no intervention or instruction, but simply be assessed.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 45 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Improving Flexibility With a Mindbody Approach
Study Start Date : March 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: NET
This arm will receive two 20-minutes sessions of NET 1 week apart. NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) is a non-invasive stress reduction technique.
Behavioral: Neuro Emotional Technique

NET is considered an alternative stress-reduction technique. Its aim is to remove neurological abnormalities which have a specified physiopathological pattern. The goal of NET is to normalize the aberrant patterns through a physical correction.

During the NET procedure, various psychological components of the anxious state are considered: cognitions, emotions, and behaviours. These various components are explored for a physiological reaction in the participant. Once a physiological reaction is found, the practitioner helps the participant identify the specific emotion. The procedure is concluded when the patient no longer feels distress or discomfort. Following the intervention, patients frequently report feeling subjective relief.

Active Comparator: Active Controls
This arm will receive two 20-minute sessions of stretching instructions 1 week apart.
Other: Stretching Instruction
This arm is the Active Control Arm and will receive two 20-minute sessions of Stretching Instructions. During these instructions, participants will hold stretches for not longer than 5 seconds, which in not likely to have any therapeutic effect.

No Intervention: Inactive Controls
This arm will receive no intervention and no instructions.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Sit-n-Reach Test Scores (cm) [ Time Frame: weeks 0, 3 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS) score - change [ Time Frame: weeks 0, 3 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy adults aged 18 to 45 years.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • A currently diagnosed physical or mental health problem
  • Pain on forward bending
  • Pregnancy

NOTE: For this study, no compensation is possible.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01066325

United States, Texas
Parker Research Institute
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75229
Sponsors and Collaborators
Parker Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Anne M Jensen, DC, MS, MSc Parker Research Institute


Responsible Party: Dr. Anne M. Jensen, Research Faculty, Parker Research Institute Identifier: NCT01066325     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Sit-n-Reach Study
First Posted: February 10, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 20, 2017
Last Verified: June 2017

Keywords provided by Dr. Anne M. Jensen, Parker Research Institute:
Sit-n-Reach Test
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)