Improving Flexibility With a Mindbody Approach

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Parker Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01066325
First received: February 9, 2010
Last updated: February 28, 2011
Last verified: February 2010
  Purpose

The objectives of this study are to investigate if Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) will impact back and leg flexibility over both the short-term and the long-term.

It is hypothesized that NET will improve flexibility and that these changes are durable.


Condition Intervention Phase
General Low Back, Hip and Hamstring Flexibility.
Behavioral: Neuro Emotional Technique
Other: Stretching Instruction
Other: None (no intervention)
Phase 0

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Improving Flexibility With a Mindbody Approach

Further study details as provided by Parker Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Sit-n-Reach Test Scores (cm) [ Time Frame: weeks 0, 3 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS) score - change [ Time Frame: weeks 0, 3 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: August 2010
Primary Completion Date: August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: NET
This arm will receive two 20-minutes sessions of NET 1 week apart
Behavioral: Neuro Emotional Technique

NET is considered an alternative stress-reduction technique. Its aim is to remove neurological abnormalities which have a specified physiopathological pattern. The goal of NET is to normalize the aberrant patterns through a physical correction.

During the NET procedure, various psychological components of the anxious state are considered: cognitions, emotions, and behaviours. These various components are explored for a physiological reaction in the participant. Once a physiological reaction is found, the practitioner helps the participant identify the specific emotion. The procedure is concluded when the patient no longer feels distress or discomfort. Following the intervention, patients frequently report feeling subjective relief.

Active Comparator: Active Controls
This arm will receive two 20-minute sessions of stretching instructions 1 week apart.
Other: Stretching Instruction
This arm is the Active Control Arm and will receive two 20-minute sessions of Stretching Instructions. During these instructions, participants will hold stretches for not longer than 5 seconds, which in not likely to have any therapeutic effect.
No Intervention: Inactive Controls
This arm will receive no intervention and no instructions.
Other: None (no intervention)
No Intervention

Detailed Description:

General flexibility is a key component of health, wellbeing and general physical conditioning. In fact, lack of flexibility has been associated with an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries and underperformance.

It has been previously shown that a regular stretching routine will improve flexibility relatively quickly. However, when the routine is discontinued or when stretching is not performed regularly, flexibility is also quickly lost. Therefore, an alternative intervention with longer retention would be desirable.

The reason for reduced flexibility, or a shortened muscle length, can be multifactorial. Reduced flexibility can be due to physical causes, such as an acute injury or strength training. Likewise, mental factors, such as anxiety and stress, can also significantly contribute to muscle tension, thereby reducing flexibility. It has been previously shown that somatic symptoms of anxiety can be lessened by treating the psychological symptoms of anxiety. It has also been previously shown that Neuro Emotional Technique® (NET), a chiropractic stress-reduction technique, is effective at reducing stress. Therefore, I hypothesize that NET may be effective at improving general flexibility. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate if NET can improve flexibility in the short-term, and if so, if these changes are durable in the long term.

Participants of this study will be randomly divided into three arms: (1) Experimental Arm - which will receive two 20-minute sessions of NET, (2) Active Controls - which will receive two 20-minute sessions of stretching instructions, and (3) Inactive Control - which will receive no intervention or instruction, but simply be assessed.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy adults aged 18 to 45 years.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • A currently diagnosed physical or mental health problem
  • Pain on forward bending
  • Pregnancy

NOTE: For this study, no compensation is possible.

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Locations
United States, Texas
Parker Research Institute
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75229
Sponsors and Collaborators
Parker Research Institute
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Anne M Jensen, DC, MS, MSc Parker Research Institute
  More Information

Publications:

Responsible Party: Dr. Anne M. Jensen, Parker Research Institute, Parker College of Chiropractic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01066325     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Sit-n-Reach Study
Study First Received: February 9, 2010
Last Updated: February 28, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Parker Research Institute:
Sit-n-Reach Test
Flexibility
Hamstring
Mindbody
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)

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