self-administered acupressure for Low Back Pain

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI, Ann Arbor, MI
Low Back Pain+1 More
self-administered acupressure - Behavioral
All Sexes
What conditions do you have?

Study Summary

This trial will test the effectiveness of self-administered acupressure to treat chronic low back pain in Veterans. The self-administered acupressure treatment for Low Back Pain will not include a placebo, as it has been previously approved by the FDA for a different condition. This trial is specifically for veterans.

Eligible Conditions

  • Low Back Pain

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 3 Secondary · Reporting Duration: baseline to 6 weeks (end of active treatment) and 10 weeks (sustainability)

Week 10
change in PROMIS 6b pain interference scale
change in PROMIS 8a fatigue scale
change in PROMIS 8b sleep disturbance scale
change in Roland Morris Disability scale

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

wait list control
1 of 2
acupressure intervention
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

300 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: self-administered acupressure · No Placebo Group · N/A

acupressure intervention
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: self-administered acupressure · Intervention Types: Behavioral
wait list controlNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: wait list control · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: baseline to 6 weeks (end of active treatment) and 10 weeks (sustainability)
Closest Location: VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI · Ann Arbor, MI
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2007First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Low Back Pain
64 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

VA Office of Research and DevelopmentLead Sponsor
1,462 Previous Clinical Trials
2,748,921 Total Patients Enrolled
17 Trials studying Low Back Pain
4,960 Patients Enrolled for Low Back Pain
Sarah L. Krein, PhD RNPrincipal InvestigatorVA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
2 Previous Clinical Trials
489 Total Patients Enrolled

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 6 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have persistent pain that is 4/10 or more on the pain scale.
You have not had a planned surgery or injection for back pain during the next 10 weeks.
You have been medically stable for at least one month.
You are a veteran.\n

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.