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Neurostructural Integration Technique for Fibromyalgia (NST)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01725295
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 12, 2012
Last Update Posted : November 12, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Professor Geraldine McCarthy, University College Dublin

Brief Summary:
Fibromyalgia is a common cause of widespread musculoskeletal pain. The investigators have found that our patients seem to benefit from a soft tissue physical therapy called neurostructural integration therapy (NST). The purpose of this study was to compare NST to hydrotherapy which is already used to manage fibromyalgia symptoms.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Fibromyalgia Other: NST Other: Hydrotherapy

Detailed Description:
Twenty female patients who met the American College of Rheumatology diagnostic criteria for the classification of FM were enrolled in the study. Patients were randomly allocated to receive either hydrotherapy or NST. Patient evaluations were performed at baseline, six weeks, three months, and six months. Primary outcome measures included the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire, the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire and the Total Myalgic Score. Duration of morning stiffness and duration of weekly aerobic exercise as reported by the participants were secondary outcome measures. Statistics analysis was performed by standard parametric and non parametric methods.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : April 2003
Primary Completion Date : April 2004
Study Completion Date : April 2004

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: NST
A form of physical therapy to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia
Other: NST
A form of physical therapy
Active Comparator: Hydrotherapy
An alternate form of physical therapy to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia
Other: Hydrotherapy
Other Name: A form of physical therapy

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any patient who fulfills ACR diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with established ischemic heart disease, uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, hypothyroidism, severe depression

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01725295

Mater Misericordiae Hospital
Dublin, Ireland, 7
Sponsors and Collaborators
University College Dublin

Responsible Party: Professor Geraldine McCarthy, Consultant Rheumatologist, University College Dublin
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01725295     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NST
First Posted: November 12, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 12, 2012
Last Verified: November 2012

Keywords provided by Professor Geraldine McCarthy, University College Dublin:
fibromyalgia treatment
physical therapy

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