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Effects of Sensomotoric Training on Neck/Scapular Pain in People With Visual Disability

This study has been completed.
Örebro County Council
University of Gavle
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lars-Olov Lundqvist, Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2011
Last updated: May 28, 2014
Last verified: May 2014
The purpose of this study is to determine whether sensomotoric training can reduce neck/scapular pain in people with visual disability.

Condition Intervention Phase
Neck/Scapular Pain
Behavioral: Sensomotoric training
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Sensomotoric Training on Neck/Scapular Pain in People With Visual Disability

Further study details as provided by Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from Baseline in neck/scapular pain at 12 month [ Time Frame: baseline and 12 months ]
    Physiotherapeut palpation of left and right M.Trapezius, M.Occiput, and M.Levator scapulae. Patient rate degree of pain on 100 mm VAS.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from Baseline in sick leave at 12 month [ Time Frame: baseline and 12 month ]
    Patient self reported sick leave and sickleave registered at persons employer (if any) and/or at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency

Enrollment: 52
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: February 2012
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Untreated control
Untreated control
Experimental: Sensomotoric training
Treatment with Sensomotoric training
Behavioral: Sensomotoric training

The intervention will be given once a week (2h per occasion) for twelve weeks.

Each occasion is planned to have the following structure:

10 min initial conversation about how participants are feeling today and how it felt after the last time.

70 min guided sensory motor learning. 10 min final talks, reflections on how it felt today.

Detailed Description:
People with prolonged musculoskeletal disorders have impaired quality of life, physical function, work conditions and work ability and consume substantial public resources. An often overlooked fact in this context is the relationship between musculoskeletal disorders and the importance of a normally functioning visual system. People who have a visual impairment in adulthood often experience reduced health and life satisfaction. Many people lose their faith in order to continue with the activities previously carried out as to cope with their life, their work, and in some cases,personal care. Rehabilitative efforts to reduce the negative effects often involve the prescription of various visual aids which, in turn, often leads to unfavourable ergonomic and static postures with further increased risk of musculoskeletal problems. A prevention of such disorders is likely to allow them to continue their work, which is important from both an individual and a society perspective. The overall objective of the project is to evaluate the effects of an intervention program and develop a theoretical model for the relationship between near work, eye disorders and musculoskeletal disorders. The intervention is to be evaluated in a randomized trial on people with impaired vision and pain in the neck and scapular area. An intervention based on development and adaptation of an established physiotherapy practice in order to increase body awareness, body control and movement patterns will be evaluated. The effects of the intervention will be measured by a variety of outcome measures derived from WHO's ICF-model. An innovative solution for establishing proprioception and eye-hand coordination in everyday activities, the Clinical Kinematic Assessment Tool, will be used.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 67 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • visual disability
  • age 18 to 67 years old
  • pain in neck/scapular area
  • living in Örebro county

Exclusion Criteria:

  • deafness
  • musculoskeletal disease (such as Multiple sclerosis, etc)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01361906

Orebro, Orebro County, Sweden, 70212
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro
Örebro County Council
University of Gavle
Study Director: Lars-Olov Lundqvist, Associate Professor Centre for Rehabilitation Research
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lars-Olov Lundqvist, Research Director, Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro Identifier: NCT01361906     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: REHSAM/11
Study First Received: May 25, 2011
Last Updated: May 28, 2014

Keywords provided by Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Örebro:
Musculoskeletal and Neural Physiological Phenomena
Postural Balance
Eye/hand coordination processed this record on April 28, 2017