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Unilateral Massage as a Potential Treatment for Depression

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01937897
First Posted: September 10, 2013
Last Update Posted: February 4, 2014
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Arizona
  Purpose
In depression, EEG studies have shown frontal asymmetry with relatively lower activity in the left hemisphere. In this study a moderate pressure massage will be conducted by a trained professional on one of the following conditions: the right side of the body, the left side of the body, or both sides of the body (a traditional massage on the back of the body) while EEG measurements of brain activity are recorded and mood ratings are obtained.

Condition Intervention
Depression Other: Bi-lateral massage

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Unilateral Massage as a Potential Treatment for Depression

Further study details as provided by University of Arizona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Non-invasive EEG recording [ Time Frame: Collected 4 minutes after the unilateral massage has ended. ]
    EEG recording using an electrode cap and electrode gel connected to an EEG Machine to record brain activity.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • PANAS (Postitive and Negative Affect Schedule)Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Collected immediately following the unilateral massage. ]
    To obtain mood ratings before and after the UMI.


Enrollment: 12
Study Start Date: July 2013
Study Completion Date: February 2014
Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Left-Sided Massage
Unilateral massage on the left side of the body.
Other: Bi-lateral massage
Unilateral massage on the left side of the body.
Other Name: Massage on the left side of the body.
Active Comparator: Right-Sided Massage
Unilateral massage on the right side of the body.
Other: Bi-lateral massage
Unilateral massage on the left side of the body.
Other Name: Massage on the left side of the body.
Sham Comparator: Bi-Lateral Massage
Traditional massage on the back of the body.
Other: Bi-lateral massage
Unilateral massage on the left side of the body.
Other Name: Massage on the left side of the body.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Medically and mentally healthy, right-handed participants will be eligible for participating in this study. The age range for enrollment in the study is not restricted by any variables but will be set between 18 and 50 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Left-Handed subjects, persons suffering acute or chronic mental illnesses and chronic illnesses (including autoimmune illnesses).
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01937897


Locations
United States, Arizona
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Arizona
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Charles Raison, MD University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Clemens Janssen, MS University of Arizona
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Arizona
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01937897     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13-0441
First Submitted: August 30, 2013
First Posted: September 10, 2013
Last Update Posted: February 4, 2014
Last Verified: February 2014

Keywords provided by University of Arizona:
Unilateral Massage
Depression

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders