Chronic Shoulder Pain of Myofascial Origin,a Randomised Clinical Trial Using Ischemic Compression Therapy.

Chronic Shoulder Pain Treated by Pressures With the Thumbs on the Trigger Points


Lead sponsor: Guy Hains Chiropractor

Source Guy Hains Chiropractor
Brief Summary

The purpose of this study is to find the efficacy of treating the trigger points located around the shoulder in patients suffering from chronic shoulder pain.

Detailed Description

Chronic shoulder pain is a common condition which should be treated by surgery only wen conservative approaches have been tried. in the present trial the authors intend to find the effectiveness of treating the triggers points located in muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the shoulderin patients suffering from chronic shoulder pain.

The technique used in this trial is ischemic compression(thumb tip pressure) on the trigger points

Overall Status Completed
Start Date September 2003
Completion Date December 2006
Primary Completion Date December 2006
Phase Phase 1/Phase 2
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Shoulder Pain and Disability Index questionnaire At baseline, after 15 treatments ,30 days aftr the treatments and 6 months later
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Pain visual analog scale After 15 treatments, 30 days after the treatments and 6 months later.
Enrollment 59

Intervention type: Procedure

Intervention name: ischemic compression

Description: Active Comparator, ischemic compression, 3 times a week,5 weeks

Arm group label: A



Inclusion Criteria:

- 30 to 60 years old.

- To have suffered from shoulder pain on a daly basis for at least 3 months

- Participants had to be able to raise the arm above ther head.

- They had accept to receive 15 chiropractic treatments without charge.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Past surgery to the arm.

- Injection to the shoulder in the month preceding the trial.

- A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis or any other systemic disorders affecting the joints.

- Shoulder pain from an herniated disc.

Gender: All

Minimum age: 30 Years

Maximum age: 60 Years

Healthy volunteers: No

Overall Official
2930 Cote Richelieu
Location Countries


Verification Date

May 2008

Responsible Party

Name title: Guy Hains chiropractor

Organization: UQTR

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 1
Arm Group

Arm group label: A

Arm group type: Experimental

Description: Ischemic compression on trigger points located around the shoulder. Active comparator. Ischemic compression, 5 weeks

Study Design Info

Allocation: Randomized

Intervention model: Crossover Assignment

Primary purpose: Treatment

Masking: Single (Participant)