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

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 16, 2010
Last Update Posted : August 8, 2017
Hospital Arnau de Vilanova
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Eva Segura Ortí, Cardenal Herrera University

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Low Back Pain Disability Motor Activity Range of Motion Other: myofascial treatment Other: Placebo Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 54 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (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
Study Start Date : January 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Back Pain

Arm Intervention/treatment
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

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

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

  2. Fear Avoidance Beliefs [ Time Frame: 3 weeks ]
    Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire

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

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

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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 (NCT number): NCT01241071

CEU Cardenal Herrera University
Moncada, Valencia, Spain, 46113
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cardenal Herrera University
Hospital Arnau de Vilanova
Study Director: Javier Romero, Dean Health Science Faculty CEU-UCH

Additional Information:

Responsible Party: Eva Segura Ortí, PhD, Cardenal Herrera University Identifier: NCT01241071     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CEU-UCH-88
First Posted: November 16, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 8, 2017
Last Verified: August 2017

Keywords provided by Eva Segura Ortí, Cardenal Herrera University:
Lumbar region

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms