Table 2.24Neck Pain - Massage - Chronic- Specific Pain

Study ID Year CountryTotal sample sizePopulation (Gender, Age)EligibilityRandomized Groups (no. of patients)Frequency and Treatment durationOutcomes and post-treatment follow-upQuality score
Yagci, N (2004)286

Turkey
40% male: 25

Mean age: 30.9 years
Diagnosis of myofascial pain syndrome for at least 6 mo

Chronic
  1. Vapo-coolant spray and stretch technique, n = 20
  2. Connective tissue massage, n = 20

Treatment provider: NR
3 treatments/day
  1. Pain: VAS; Pain threshold; Pain tolerance
  2. Disability: Number of trigger points
  3. ADVERSE EVENTS: no harms reported

Data measured immediately post intervention
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Irnich D (2001)205,206

Germany
177% male: 34

Mean age: 52.4 years
Patients with chronic NP (>1 mo) and painful restriction of cervical spine mobility, not received treatment two weeks before the study
  1. Acupuncture by experienced and licensed acupuncturists, n = 56
  2. Massage by experienced physiotherapists, n = 60
  3. Sham Laser, n = 61
5 sessions

3 weeks
  1. Pain: VAS; PPT
  2. Quality of Life: SF-36: Role physical, Pain Index
  3. ADVERSE EVENTS: mild reactions (slight pain, sweating, LBP)

Data measured at 1 and 3 weeks, and 3 months
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Cen, S (2003)287

California, US
31% male: 25.8

Mean age: 48.7 years
NP and loss in ROM for more than 1 year
  1. Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Massage (TCTM) by a licensed acupuncturist, n = 10
  2. Exercise Program, n = 10
  3. Control-no treatment, n = 11
  1. 18 sessions over 6 weeks
  2. assuming one session
  1. Pain: Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire (0-100)-higher score
  2. Neck flexibility
  3. ADVERSE EVENTS: no harms reported


Data measured immediately post intervention
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From: Appendix I, Summary Tables

Cover of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Back Pain II
Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Back Pain II.
Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 194.
Furlan AD, Yazdi F, Tsertsvadze A, et al.

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