Immediate Effects of Upper Thoracic Manipulation on Skin Surface Temperature of T3 Vertebral Region and Biceps Brachii Muscle
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01872676|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 7, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 7, 2013
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Myofascial Dysfunction||Other: Spine manipulation Other: Manipulation sham||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||26 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Single (Outcomes Assessor)|
|Study Start Date :||January 2011|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||January 2012|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||December 2012|
The experimental group received upper thoracic manipulation of the T3 vertebra. The volunteer was instructed to lie in the supine position, interlace her fingers and position her hands in the posterior region of the base of the neck. The therapist than positioned a stabilizing hand in a pistol grip immediately caudal to the T3 vertebra, pushing the volunteer's arms downward to generate flexion of the upper thoracic spine.
Other: Spine manipulation
Sham Comparator: Sham
The placebo group was placed precisely as the experimental group, with the exception of the positioning of the therapist's hand, which remained with the palm open and not in a pistol grip. Once positioned, the volunteers were instructed to breathe deeply. The maneuver was terminated after one cycle of deep breathing.
Other: Manipulation sham
- Skin temperature [ Time Frame: 1 years ]Infrared thermography was used to determine changes in skin surface temperature in the region of T3 and the biceps brachii muscle, which would indirectly reflect sympathetic activity. Images were taken prior to manipulation, immediately after and both five and 10 minutes after manipulation.
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|Methodist University of Piracicaba|
|Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil, 13.423-170|
|Principal Investigator:||Amanda Packer, MSc||Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba|