Are massage parameters well reported in clinical trials? A systematic review

Authors

  • Roberto Rodrigues Bandeira Tosta Maciel Universidade do Estado da Bahia; Centro Universitário Estácio FIB http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4912-6005
  • Kelly Lima Centro Universitário Estácio FIB
  • Bruno Cesar Ferreira

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17267/2675-021Xevidence.v1i1.1948

Keywords:

Evidence-based practice. Guideline adherence. Massage.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Lumbar and cervical spine pains are one of the biggest health problems in modern society. Among the physical resources aimed at reducing the perception of pain in the spine, the therapeutic massage stands out. Following the principles of good clinical practice, it is expected that the techniques performed can be reproducible. Objectives: To investigate, through an initial exploration of the question, how appropriate is the description of the physiotherapy technique in randomized controlled trials of spinal massage. METHODS: An electronic search strategy was carried out on Medline through Pubmed. The search was restricted to the literature in English and Portuguese. We included Randomized Clinical Trials whose therapeutic massage was the main intervention performed in the spine. The parameters evaluated were: 1) pressure of manipulation, 2) direction of movements, 3) velocity of movements, 4) rhythm of movements, 5) frequency of movements and 6) duration of sessions. Twelve studies were included in this critical review of the evidence. Most of the studies did not report or report in a dubious manner, the pressure of manipulation, velocity of movements and rhythm of movements. Only 66% (n = 8) of the studies adequately reported the direction of movement. CONCLUSION: Physiotherapy techniques for spinal massage are not usually adequately described in randomized controlled trials. We suggest the improvement of reports of randomized clinical trials in the field of manual therapy.

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Author Biographies

Roberto Rodrigues Bandeira Tosta Maciel, Universidade do Estado da Bahia; Centro Universitário Estácio FIB

Universidade do Estado da Bahia- Departamento de Ciências da Vida-Colegiado de Fisioterapia

Bruno Cesar Ferreira

Centro Universitário Estácio FIB

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Published

2019-04-12

How to Cite

Tosta Maciel, R. R. B., Lima, K., & Ferreira, B. C. (2019). Are massage parameters well reported in clinical trials? A systematic review. Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 1(1), 55–62. https://doi.org/10.17267/2675-021Xevidence.v1i1.1948

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Systematic Reviews