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Cervical Multifidus Muscle Function

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: NCT00733837
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 13, 2008
Last Update Posted : December 18, 2008
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Logan College of Chiropractic

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between cervical multifidi thickness, cervical spine proprioception and possible reflex activation of cervical multifidi through stimulation of joint mechanoreceptors. Cervical mechanoreceptors will be activated with an innocuous, nonspecific stimulation. Participants will have cervical spine proprioception assessed through joint position sense testing. The multifidus muscle thickness and activation state is to be assessed by sonography. These measures are done pre & post to the innocuous stimulation. There is no specific hypothesis.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Proprioception Muscle Activation Other: Nonspecific, Innocuous, Mechanoreceptor Stimulation Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : July 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2008

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MedlinePlus related topics: Balance Problems

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: A
This is a repeated measures study. All participants experience the same conditions.
Other: Nonspecific, Innocuous, Mechanoreceptor Stimulation
A custom device will be used to provide light manual cervical traction

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. sonographic measurement of multifitus thickness [ Time Frame: pre - post ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. cervical spine repositioning error [ Time Frame: pre - post ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Logan student, staff, or faculty, ages 18 - 30 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Fractures
  • Tumors
  • Dislocations
  • Myopathies
  • Signs and/or symptoms of neuromotor disorders
  • Consumption of prescription drugs that affect the nervous system
  • Recent cervical spine injuries or surgeries
  • Pain
  • Manipulative therapy within the preceding 7 days
  • Neck pain

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00733837

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United States, Missouri
Logan College
Chesterfield, Missouri, United States, 63017
Sponsors and Collaborators
Logan College of Chiropractic
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Responsible Party: Kristan Giggey, DC, Logan University Identifier: NCT00733837    
Other Study ID Numbers: RD0627080141
First Posted: August 13, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 18, 2008
Last Verified: December 2008