This study will provide the basis for a full-scale trial to evaluate the effectiveness and
safety of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain (CNP).
Neck pain is one of the most common problems affecting the health of Americans and is a
leading reason for using complementary or alternative medical (CAM) therapies. Therapeutic
massage is one of the most popular CAM treatments for neck pain, but little is known about
its effectiveness. This study will lay the groundwork for a full-scale trial that evaluates
the effectiveness of therapeutic massage for chronic neck pain.
The study will involve two phases. During Phase I, researchers will develop and pre-test key
components for a randomized clinical trial. In Phase II, the safety and efficacy of massage
for CNP will be evaluated. The changes in symptoms, function, and quality of life in massage
and self care groups will be evaluated midway through treatment, at the end of treatment and
at 6 months post randomization.
The inclusion and exclusion criteria will be developed through consultation with a medical
expert on neck pain and several massage consultants