Effects of Touch Massage in the Sub-acute Phase After Stroke "MEST"

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Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

The aim is to study effects of touch massage in the sub-acute phase after stroke in two main areas; general health and independence.The hypothesis are that; touch massage in the sub-acute phase after stroke decreases anxiety and pain, increases health related-quality of life, decrease physiological stress responses, increase sensorimotor function, decrease disability, and increase activity in sensorimotor areas and decrease redundant brain activity in motor-related areas.

Detailed Description

Despite high quality stroke care in Sweden, decreased sensorimotor function, anxiety and pain remains one year after stroke and lead to impaired health and dependence as well as high health care costs. It is therefore urgent to find new rehabilitation strategies. There is some knowledge about effects of touch massage among healthy and patients with ill-health conditions but no study have evaluated touch massage in the sub-acute phase of stroke. Therefore the aim in this project is to study effects of t touch massage in the sub-acute phase after stroke in two main areas; general health and independence.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Touch massage Procedure
    Intervention Desc: Touch massage is a gentle massage with strokes on hands, arms, feet and legs with at pressure of 2.5 N which is more gentle than Swedish massage but harder than strokes performed with a brush. The speed of the strokes is about 1-5 cm/sec. During the massage, the subjects will lie on a bed. Intervention group will receive touch massage on hands and feet and the intervention will start one week after the onset of stroke and last for 30 minutes each time, five days a week for two weeks
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Touch massage
    Description: Intervention group will receive touch massage on hands and feet and the intervention will start one week after the onset of stroke and last for 30 minutes each time, five days a week for two weeks
  • Non-TENS Other
    Intervention Desc: Subjects in the control group will have sham treatment which is a non-active transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (non-TENS), while they lie in bed with electrodes attached to the skin of the affected arm. The device will be manipulated in a way so that no electrical impulses will reach the electrodes. During treatment, the masseur will remain in the room without initiating any conversation.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: non-TENS
    Description: The sham treatment will start one week after the onset of stroke and last for 30 minutes each time, five days a week for two weeks

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Supportive Care
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary State-Trait Anxiety Scale 2 month No
Secondary VAS 2 weeks No
Secondary Nottingham Health Profile 2 weeks No
Secondary ECG 2 weeks No
Secondary Salivary cortisol 2 weeks No
Secondary Blood pressure 2 weeks No
Secondary Shape Texture Identification Test 2 month No
Secondary Box and Blocks 2 month No
Secondary Nine Hole Peg 2 month No
Secondary Jamar® Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer 2 month No
Secondary movement laboratory with high-speed cameras 2 month No
Secondary Functional magnetic resonance imaging 2 weeks No
Secondary Barthel index and Modified Ranking scale 2 month No

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