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Effectiveness of a Massage Instrument Compared to Placebo for Upper Trapezius Muscle Pain

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2010
Last Update Posted : July 22, 2010
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Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study was to determine if using a specialized massage tool was more effective than a placebo treatment in relieving pain in the upper trapezius muscle along the top of the shoulder.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Myofascial Pain Syndrome Device: FascialEdge instrument Other: Placebo electric point stimulation

Detailed Description:
The purpose of the study was to determine if a statistically significant and clinically meaningful difference exits between the FascialEdge tool and placebo in the treatment of latent upper trapezius trigger points.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Immediate Effectiveness of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Compared to Placebo on the Sensitivity of Latent Upper Trapezius Trigger Points: A Randomized Double Blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel-group Study
Study Start Date : September 2009
Primary Completion Date : January 2010
Study Completion Date : January 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Chiropractic
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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: FascialEdge tool
A massage tool used to loosen adhesions in the superficial fascia
Device: FascialEdge instrument
Stroking massage to patient tolerance over the muscle
Other Name: FascialEdge tool
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Detuned electric point stimulation over the upper trapezius trigger point
Other: Placebo electric point stimulation
Detuned electric point stimulation over the involved muscle
Other Name: Pointer Plus stimulator

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pressure pain threshold over the upper trapezius muscles as determined with a pressure pain algometer [ Time Frame: Within five minutes after initial and only treatment ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • male or female
  • between 18-64 years of age
  • a latent trigger point of the upper trapezius muscle

Exclusion Criteria:

  • an active trigger point of the upper trapezius muscle
  • rash or infection of the skin over the trigger point
  • neck pain
  • taking anticoagulant drugs
  • spontaneous bleeding
  • long term corticosteroid use

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01167036

United Kingdom
Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom, BH5 2DF
Sponsors and Collaborators
Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
Principal Investigator: Hugh Gemmell, DC, EdD Anglo-European College of Chiropractic

Responsible Party: Hugh Gemmell Principal Lecturer, Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Identifier: NCT01167036     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AECC 20091
First Posted: July 22, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 22, 2010
Last Verified: August 2009

Keywords provided by Anglo-European College of Chiropractic:
Myofascial pain syndrome
Trigger points, Myofascial
Musculoskeletal manipulation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases