Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition chronic neck pain
Treatment massage
Sponsor Group Health Cooperative
Collaborator National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Start date July 2010
End date November 2011
Trial size 228 participants
Trial identifier NCT01122836, 5RO1AT004411-02

Summary

This study is designed to determine the most effective dose of massage for persons with chronic neck pain. This information is necessary before more definitive studies can be conducted.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
This arm receives weekly 60-minute massage for 4 weeks after a 4-week period of no treatment.
massage
Therapeutic Massage
(Experimental)
This arm receives weekly 60-minute massage for 4 weeks.
massage
Therapeutic Massage
(Experimental)
This arm receives 2 weekly 30-minute massage for 4 weeks.
massage
Therapeutic Massage
(Experimental)
This arm receives 2 weekly 60-minute massages for 4 weeks.
massage
Therapeutic Massage
(Experimental)
This arm receives 3 weekly 30-minute massages for 4 weeks.
massage
Therapeutic Massage
(Experimental)
This arm receives 3 weekly 60-minute massages for 4 weeks.
massage
Therapeutic Massage

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Improvement in neck related dysfunction
time frame: 4 weeks
Improvement in pain levels
time frame: 4 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 20 years up to 64 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Symptoms consistent with non-specific, uncomplicated neck pain of at least moderate level of pain - Lives or works within Greater Seattle WA geographic area Exclusion Criteria: - Cervical Radiculopathy - History of cancer (other than nonmelanoma skin cancer) - Severe disk problems - Unstable medical conditions - Previous neck surgery - Physically unable to get on and off of a massage table - Has had massage within the last year - Currently in litigation for neck pain - Seeking other treatment for neck pain - Potential contraindications for massage - Unable to give informed consent

Additional Information

Official title Dosing Study of Massage for Neck Pain
Principal investigator Karen J Sherman, MPH, PhD
Description This study's long-term objective is to identify effective treatments for with neck pain. Many Americans have found conventional medical treatments ineffective for this common and costly problem and are increasingly trying complementary and alternative treatments, including therapeutic massage. Despite the growing popularity of massage, its effectiveness for treating neck pain remains unclear, largely because of the poor quality of research in this area. A major deficiency of previous studies has been their use of low "doses" of massage that massage therapists consider inadequate. Unfortunately, the numbers of minutes per massage session, sessions per weeks, or weeks of treatment necessary for massage to have beneficial or optimal effects are not known. This study is designed to address these gaps in our knowledge by determining, for persons with chronic neck pain: 1) the optimal combination of number of treatments per week and length of individual treatment session, and 2) the optimal number of weeks of treatment. In this project, 228 persons with chronic non-specific neck pain will be randomized to a wait list control group or 4 weeks of treatment with one of 5 different dosing combinations (2 or 3 30-minute treatments per week or 1, 2, or 3 60-minute treatments per week). At the end of this 4 week primary treatment period, participants initially receiving each of the 5 dosing combinations will be randomized to a secondary treatment period of either no additional treatment or 6 weekly 60-minute massages. The primary outcomes, neck-related dysfunction and pain, will be assessed by blinded telephone interviewers 4, 10, and 26 weeks post-randomization. To better characterize the trajectory of the persistence of treatment effects, these interview data will be supplemented with outcomes data collected by mailed questionnaire at 8, 14, 18 and 39 weeks. Comparisons of outcomes for the 6 groups during the primary treatment period will identify the optimal weekly dose, while comparisons of outcomes during the secondary treatment period will determine if 10 weeks of treatment is superior to 4 weeks. The results of this study will: 1) guide the development of a massage treatment protocol to be used in a full-scale trial evaluating the effectiveness of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain, 2) serve as a model for future dosing studies of massage and bodywork, and 3) help interpret the adequacy of the dosing of massage used in past studies of massage for neck pain
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2014.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Group Health Cooperative.