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A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Court-Type Traditional Thai Massage versus Amitriptyline in Patients with Chronic Tension-Type Headache.

Damapong P, Kanchanakhan N, Eungpinichpong W, Putthapitak P, Damapong P - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2015)

Bottom Line: The results demonstrated a significant decrease in VAS pain intensity for the CTTM group at different assessment time points while a significant difference occurred in within-group and between-group comparison (P < 0.05) for each evaluated measure.Moreover, the tissue hardness of the CTTM group was significantly lower than the control group at week 4 (P < 0.05).The PPT and HRV of the CTTM group were significantly increased (P < 0.05).

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Affiliation: College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

ABSTRACT
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the court-type traditional Thai massage (CTTM) to treat patients with chronic tension-type headaches (CTTHs) comparing with amitriptyline taking. A randomized controlled trial was conducted. Sixty patients diagnosed with CTTH were equally divided into a treatment and a control group. The treatment group received a 45-minute course of CTTM twice per week lasting 4 weeks while the control group was prescribed 25 mg of amitriptyline once a day before bedtime lasting 4 weeks. Outcome measures were evaluated in week 2, week 4 and followed up in week 6 consisting of visual analog scale (VAS), tissue hardness, pressure pain threshold (PPT), and heart rate variability (HRV). The results demonstrated a significant decrease in VAS pain intensity for the CTTM group at different assessment time points while a significant difference occurred in within-group and between-group comparison (P < 0.05) for each evaluated measure. Moreover, the tissue hardness of the CTTM group was significantly lower than the control group at week 4 (P < 0.05). The PPT and HRV of the CTTM group were significantly increased (P < 0.05). CTTM could be an alternative therapy for treatment of patients with CTTHs.

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Mentions: A total of ninety-two subjects responded to the recruitment advertisements and were screened for eligibility for the study. After screening by medical doctor, thirty-two subjects dropped out because of low frequency (n = 12), being over the age (n = 15), depression (n = 3), and neurological disorder (n = 2); sixty subjects met the inclusion criteria and signed the consent forms. Thirty subjects were randomly selected to receive CTTM and the others were the control group. At 6 weeks of the follow-up phase, a detailed summary of patient recruitment, participation, attribution, and reasons for exclusion from the study is presented in Figure 10.


A Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Court-Type Traditional Thai Massage versus Amitriptyline in Patients with Chronic Tension-Type Headache.

Damapong P, Kanchanakhan N, Eungpinichpong W, Putthapitak P, Damapong P - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med (2015)

Flow chart of entry and discontinuation by participants during the study.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig10: Flow chart of entry and discontinuation by participants during the study.
Mentions: A total of ninety-two subjects responded to the recruitment advertisements and were screened for eligibility for the study. After screening by medical doctor, thirty-two subjects dropped out because of low frequency (n = 12), being over the age (n = 15), depression (n = 3), and neurological disorder (n = 2); sixty subjects met the inclusion criteria and signed the consent forms. Thirty subjects were randomly selected to receive CTTM and the others were the control group. At 6 weeks of the follow-up phase, a detailed summary of patient recruitment, participation, attribution, and reasons for exclusion from the study is presented in Figure 10.

Bottom Line: The results demonstrated a significant decrease in VAS pain intensity for the CTTM group at different assessment time points while a significant difference occurred in within-group and between-group comparison (P < 0.05) for each evaluated measure.Moreover, the tissue hardness of the CTTM group was significantly lower than the control group at week 4 (P < 0.05).The PPT and HRV of the CTTM group were significantly increased (P < 0.05).

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

ABSTRACT
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the court-type traditional Thai massage (CTTM) to treat patients with chronic tension-type headaches (CTTHs) comparing with amitriptyline taking. A randomized controlled trial was conducted. Sixty patients diagnosed with CTTH were equally divided into a treatment and a control group. The treatment group received a 45-minute course of CTTM twice per week lasting 4 weeks while the control group was prescribed 25 mg of amitriptyline once a day before bedtime lasting 4 weeks. Outcome measures were evaluated in week 2, week 4 and followed up in week 6 consisting of visual analog scale (VAS), tissue hardness, pressure pain threshold (PPT), and heart rate variability (HRV). The results demonstrated a significant decrease in VAS pain intensity for the CTTM group at different assessment time points while a significant difference occurred in within-group and between-group comparison (P < 0.05) for each evaluated measure. Moreover, the tissue hardness of the CTTM group was significantly lower than the control group at week 4 (P < 0.05). The PPT and HRV of the CTTM group were significantly increased (P < 0.05). CTTM could be an alternative therapy for treatment of patients with CTTHs.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus