Effects of Gua Sha and Thermotherapy on Chronic Neck Pain
Gua Sha massage is a traditional chinese medical treatment. It is mostly used in the treatment of the common cold and pain syndromes. Gua Sha involves pressuring the skin by a round-edged instrument until small petechiae appear. This so called "sha", considered as the removal of blood stasis by traditional practitioners, will fade within a few days. Normally, this treatment is not considered as painful, but as relaxing and easing tense muscles.
In this study, the investigators will investigate the effectivity of Gua Sha massage in treating chronic neck pain. The investigators will research effects on subjective pain intensity, neck pain specific disability and haptic perception.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Gua Sha Massage and Thermotherapy for Chronic Neck Pain: Effects on Pain Intensity, Haptic Perception and Body Image.|
- Neck pain intensity (100mm visual analog scale) [ Time Frame: Day 4 ]
- Neck disability index (NDI) [ Time Frame: Day 4 ]
The Neck Disability Index is an instrument to assess neck pain complaints.
Reference: Vernon H, Mior S. The Neck Disability Index: a study of reliability and validity. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1991;14:409-415.
- Haptic perception [ Time Frame: Day 4 ]
The design consists of two angle legs, of which one angle leg has to be readjusted to a given angle adjustment. This is done by haptic perception without visual feedback. The deviation of the adjusted angle from the locked angle is measured.
Reference: Grunwald, M., Ettich, C., Busse, F., Assmann, B., Dähne, A., Gertz, H.-J., (2002): Angle paradigm: A new method to measure right parietal dysfunctions in anorexia nervosa. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology , 17, pp. 485- 496
|Study Start Date:||September 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Gua Sha
Single Gua Sha treatment of the neck and shoulder region.
Other: Gua Sha
Single Gua Sha treatment of the neck and shoulder region
Active Comparator: Thermotherapy
Single use of a mud heat pad on the neck and shoulder region.
Single use of a mud heat pad on the neck and shoulder region
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01233180
|Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Knappschafts-Krankenhaus, Department for Internal and Integrative Medicine|
|Essen, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany, 45276|