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Tai Chi for Chronic Non-specific Neck Pain (TaiChiNe)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02222051
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 21, 2014
Last Update Posted : May 2, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Romy Lauche, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Brief Summary:
In this study the efficacy of Tai Chi will be tested in comparison to conventional neck exercises and usual care in a randomized controlled trial. Tai Chi and neck exercises will be lead by a trained exercise therapist and Tai Chi instructor, both groups receive 12 weeks of training, once weekly for 60-90 min in a group setting. Pain, Disability, quality of life, wellbeing, stress perception, psychological distress will be used to determine effects.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neck Pain Behavioral: Tai Chi Behavioral: Neck exercises Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
see above

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 114 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Tai Chi for Chronic Non-specific Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : August 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2015

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Tai Chi
Simplified 24 Yang Style 12 weeks, 1x/week, 60-90 minutes
Behavioral: Tai Chi
traditional chinese martial art meditative movement technique
Other Names:
  • Taiji
  • T'ai Chi

Active Comparator: Neck exercise
conventional neck exercises 12 weeks, 1x/week, 60 min stretching and strengthening, neck education
Behavioral: Neck exercises
group exercises for strengthening and stretching neck and back muslces to alleviate neck pain
Other Name: neck training

No Intervention: Usual care
Usual care, no specific study intervention this group is offered Tai Chi or neck exercises at the end of the study

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. pain intensity [ Time Frame: week 12 ]
    pain intensity on a visual analogue scale (0-100mm)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. pain intensity [ Time Frame: week 24 ]
    pain intensity on a visual analogue scale (0-100mm)

  2. pain on movement [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    pain intensity on a visual analogue scale (0-100mm) evoked by head movement into 6 directions POM validated by Lauche et al., 2014, Pain Medicine

  3. neck disability [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    neck disability index (NDI), Vernon et al.

  4. health related quality of life [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    short form quality of life questionnaire (SF-36), Bullinger and Kirchberger

  5. Anxiety and Depression [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)

  6. Wellbeing [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    Wellbeing on the FEW16 Questionnaire

  7. Stress [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    Subjective stress perception, Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)

  8. interoceptive awareness [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    The Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA)

  9. Postural Awareness [ Time Frame: week 12, week 24 ]
    Postural Awareness Questionnaire (PAS)

  10. Safety [ Time Frame: week 24 ]
    All adverse and serious adverse events

  11. pain intensity ratings [ Time Frame: week 12 ]
    daily rating of pain intensity, visual analog scales

  12. use of analgetics [ Time Frame: week 12 ]
    daily information on use of analgetics

  13. use of concomitant therapies [ Time Frame: week 12 ]
    daily information on use of concomitant therapies for neck pain

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Experiences [ Time Frame: Week 24 ]
    Experiences with Tai Chi and neck exercises, qualitative interviews

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • chronic non specific neck pain (3 months at least)
  • 45mm pain intensity on average on the visual analog scale

Exclusion Criteria:

  • specific neck pain due to
  • inflammatory diseases
  • rheumatic diseases
  • neurological diseases
  • prolapse or protrusion
  • oncological disease
  • trauma (whiplash)
  • congenital deformity of the spine
  • severe comorbidity (somatic, psychiatric)
  • pregnancy
  • participation in other clinical trials
  • regular practice of tai chi, qigong, yoga in the past 6 months
  • medication with opioids

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02222051

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Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, Kliniken Essen-Mitte
Essen, NRW, Germany, 45276
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universität Duisburg-Essen
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Principal Investigator: Gustav Dobos, Prof. Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, Kliniken Essen-Mitte

Publications of Results:
Other Publications:
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Responsible Party: Romy Lauche, PhD, Universität Duisburg-Essen Identifier: NCT02222051     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13-5672 Tai Chi Neck Pain
First Posted: August 21, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 2, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018

Keywords provided by Romy Lauche, Universität Duisburg-Essen:
neck pain
chronic pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neck Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms