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Effects of Myofascial Release on Pain, Disability and Electromyography of Erector Spinae in Chronic Low Back Pain

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2010 by Cardenal Herrera University.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Hospital Arnau de Vilanova
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First received: November 15, 2010
Last updated: NA
Last verified: November 2010
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to determine whether myofascial release techniques are effective in the improvement of pain, disability and electromyography response of lumbar muscles in patients with chronic low back pain.

Condition Intervention
Low Back Pain
Motor Activity
Range of Motion
Other: myofascial treatment
Other: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of a Myofascial Release Protocol on Pain, Disability and Activation Pattern of Erector Spinae in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain

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Further study details as provided by Cardenal Herrera University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Lumbar Pain [ Time Frame: 3 weeks ]
    Short Form McGill Pain Questionnaire. Visual Analogical Scale

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Disability [ Time Frame: 3 weeks ]
    Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire

  • Fear Avoidance Beliefs [ Time Frame: 3 weeks ]
    Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire

  • EMG Erector Spinae [ Time Frame: 3 weeks ]
    Electromyography record (MEGAWIN 6000)

  • Lumbar ROM [ Time Frame: 3 weeks ]
    Electrogonyometry Fastrak (Polhemus)

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: January 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Myofascial treatment
Myofascial release techniques of different muscles implicated in low back pain
Other: myofascial treatment
myofascial release techniques of different muscles implicated in low back pain
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Other: Placebo
A manual sham intervention will be applied to different muscles implicated in low back pain


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • low back pain for more than 3 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • vertebra fractures
  • systemic disease (spondylitis, neoplasia, infectious, vascular, endocrine or metabolic disorders)
  • spinal surgery
  • advanced lumbar instability
  • osteoporosis (in advanced stage)
  • degenerative articular disease
  • acute soft tissue inflammation
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • osteomyelitis
  • neuromuscular disease
  • lower limb musculoskeletal injuries
  • radiculopathy
  • cauda equine syndrome
  • myelopathy
  • stenosis
  • structural spine deformity (kyphoscoliosis...)
  • pregnancy
  • abundant menstruation
  • IUD carrier
  • mental disease
  • dermatologic disease
  • skin sensitivity
  • aneurysma
  • corticosteroids treatment
  • anticoagulant therapy
  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • hemophilia
  • leucemia
  • rejection to manual contact
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01241071

Contact: Mª Dolores Arguisuelas Martínez, Professor 0034961369000 ext 1225

CEU Cardenal Herrera University Not yet recruiting
Moncada, Valencia, Spain, 46113
Contact: Mª Dolores Arguisuelas Martínez, Professor    0034961369000 ext 1225   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cardenal Herrera University
Hospital Arnau de Vilanova
Study Director: Javier Romero, Dean Health Science Faculty CEU-UCH
  More Information


Responsible Party: Mª Dolores Arguisuelas Martínez/Physical Therapy Professor, CEU- Cardenal Herrera Identifier: NCT01241071     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CEU-UCH-88
Study First Received: November 15, 2010
Last Updated: November 15, 2010

Keywords provided by Cardenal Herrera University:
Lumbar region

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 25, 2017