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Ai Chi Versus Stretching in Fibromyalgia Management

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00600574
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 25, 2008
Last Update Posted : December 3, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Elena Pita Calandre, Universidad de Granada

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study is to compare the efficacy and tolerability of Ai Chi, an adaptation of Tai Chi exercise to water, with stretching on fibromyalgia symtomatology.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fibromyalgia Other: physical therapy Phase 4

Detailed Description:
Physical therapies have shown to be effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia and It is generally assumed that a multidisciplinary approach, combining both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic measures, is probably the optimal treatment approach for most fibromyalgia patients. As these patients are usually physically deconditioned, low-intensity exercise has been recommended at least as initial treatment. At this respect, exercise in warm water is considered a good option as both temperature and water buoyancy minimize body weight's stress and help patients to minimize pain. In a previous study comparing short term physiotherapy with stretching and Ai Chi we found that Ai Chi was at least as effective as stretching and induced a significant reduction in fibromyalgia core symptomatology and in sleep parameters. The objective of the present randomized controlled study is to compare both physiotherapy techniques in a long term basis.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 94 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Efficay and Tolerability of Ai Chi Versus Stretching in Fibromyalgia Management: a Six Months Study
Study Start Date : January 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2008

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fibromyalgia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: S
physiotherapy in warm pool by means of stretching
Other: physical therapy
weekly pool physiotherapy with muscle stretching
Other Name: physiotherapy

Experimental: AI
physiotherapy in warm pool by means of Ai Chi
Other: physical therapy
weekly pool physiotherapy with Ai Chi movements during a 6 months period
Other Name: physiotherapy

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fibromialgya Impact Questionnaire [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pittsbugh Sleep Quality Index [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, 12 months ]
  2. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, 12 months ]
  3. SF-36 Health Survey [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, 12 months ]
  4. Brief Pain Inventory [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, 12 months ]
  5. Adverse reaction recording [ Time Frame: baseline, 6 months, 12 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of fibromyalgia according to the ACR criteria
  • 18 years or older
  • written informed consent to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unable to tolerate warm chlorinated water
  • associated medical condition contraindicating exercise in warm water

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00600574

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Hospital Universitario "Virgen de las Nieves"
Granada, Spain, 18014
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidad de Granada
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Study Director: Elena P. Calandre, M.D. Universidad de Granada
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Responsible Party: Elena Pita Calandre, Professor of Pharmacology, Universidad de Granada Identifier: NCT00600574    
Other Study ID Numbers: ML-2007
First Posted: January 25, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 3, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014
Keywords provided by Elena Pita Calandre, Universidad de Granada:
physical therapies
Ai Chi
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases