Effects of DNHS Technique in the Treatment of Upper Limb Spasticity and Function in Stroke

Completed

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

Introduction: Stroke is a neurological deficit caused by a decrease in cerebral blood flow. The DNHS ® (Dry Needling for hypertonia and Spasticity) technique is a dry needling technique to reduce spasticity and hypertonia and improve function in patients with CNS injury. The main objective of this trial is to analyze the therapeutic effect of DNHS® technique in motor function in patients between 45 and 80 in a chronic state after a stroke. Methods: Double-blinded randomized clinical trial. There will be an intervention group (DNHS® technique) and a sham control group. The intervention will be 2 sessions, one per week, in biceps brachii, brachialis, flexor digitorum superficialis nad profundus, adductor pollicis and first dorsal interossei. The Fugl Meyer Assessment Scale, Modified Ashworth Scale and Stroke Impact Scale will be used as outcome measures. The data will be expressed as mean ± (Standard Deviation). The standardized difference or effect size (ES, 90% confidence limit) in the selected variables will be calculated.

Conditions

Interventions

  • DNHS ® (Dry Needling for Hypertonia and Spasticity) Device
    Intervention Desc: Dry needling of Myofascial Trigger Points. 2 sessions, one per week, in biceps brachii, brachialis, flexor digitorum superficialis nad profundus, adductor pollicis and first dorsal interossei
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Intervention-DNHS technique
    Description: Dry needling of Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Sham Dry Needling Device
    Intervention Desc: Sham dry needling of Myofascial Trigger Points. 2 sessions, one per week, in biceps brachii, brachialis, flexor digitorum superficialis nad profundus, adductor pollicis and first dorsal interossei
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Control-Sham Dry Needling
    Description: Sham Dry Needling of Myofascial Trigger Points

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Fugl Meyer Assessment Scale (Motor Function) Two weeks No
Secondary Modified Ashworth Scale (Hypertonia/Spasticity) Two weeks No
Secondary Impact Stroke Scale (Quality of Life) Two weeks No

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