Three Weekly Therapeutic Chinese Massage Sessions for Peripheral Neuropathy

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX
Peripheral Neuropathy+1 More
Three Weekly Therapeutic Chinese Massage Sessions - Behavioral
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
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Study Summary

Background: Peripheral neuropathy (PN) occurs in half of the people with human immunodeficiency virus (PHIV). Currently, there is no Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for HIV-related PN. Only half of PHIV who take medications report a significant reduction in pain. Therapeutic Chinese Massage, structured palpations or movements of soft tissues of the body, is a promising non-harmful, and non-costly intervention that can potentially alleviate or even treat PN but relevant research is limited. Method: Investigators conducted a single centered, two-arm, single-blinded randomized controlled trial pilot study to examine if a series of three weekly 25-minute therapeutic Chinese massage sessions by a therapist of therapeutic Chinese massage, compared with placebo massage, could reduce PN-related pain and improve lower extremity functioning in PHIV. Twenty PHIV were recruited from the AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc in Texas. Pain, lower extremity functioning, and health-related quality of life were assessed for both groups prior to and post-massage.

Eligible Conditions

  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Other trials for Peripheral Neuropathy

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 3 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Through study completion, an average of one year

Through study completion, an average of one year
Change in Peripheral neuropathy related pain at the third visit
Change in health related quality of life at the third visit
Change in lower extremity functioning at the third visit
through study completion, an average of one year
Feasibility of this study design

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Other trials for Peripheral Neuropathy

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

The Therapeutic Chinese Massage Group
1 of 2
The Placebo Massage Group
1 of 2
Experimental Treatment
Non-Treatment Group

24 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Three Weekly Therapeutic Chinese Massage Sessions · Has Placebo Group · N/A

The Therapeutic Chinese Massage Group
Behavioral
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Three Weekly Therapeutic Chinese Massage Sessions · Intervention Types: Behavioral
The Placebo Massage Group
Behavioral
PlaceboComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Three Weekly Placebo Massage Sessions · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: through study completion, an average of one year
Closest Location: University of Houston-Downtown · Houston, TX
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N/AFirst Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Peripheral Neuropathy
0 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

University of Houston DowntownLead Sponsor

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 1 Total Inclusion Criteria

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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.