INTRACELL STICK

 

Intracell – Instrument of Choice in the Management of Myofascial Back Pain

 

A Clinical Study

 

ABSTRACT

 

Objective: The Intracell is a timely device that purports to decrease trigger point pain and sensitivity. Therefore the objective was to find an answer to the question, “Can the Intracell significantly reduce trigger point pain and sensitivity in patients who suffer with trigger points?”

 

Design:

 

A convenience sample of 20 subjects, diagnosed as having low back pain of trigger point origin, were selected. A pre-test / post-test design was employed whereby each subject could serve as their own control. For the purpose of this study, 8 of the 20 subjects applied the therapeutic intervention to themselves, while the remaining 12 subjects had a trained therapist apply the Intracell. Correlated t-tests were used to analyze the data for significance.

 

Setting: The study was conducted in a private clinical environment.

 

Intervention:

 

Testing for pain and sensitivity was taken pre- and post- intervention by means of pressure threshold measures over primary trigger points. Immediately following the pre-intervention pressure threshold measures Intracell procedures were administered to the trigger points as described above.

 

Immediately following the intervention with the Intracell, post-intervention pressure threshold measures were taken.

 

Results:

 

The volunteers in this study demonstrated significant gains in pressure threshold measures immediately following intervention with the Intracell. It is interesting to note that the subjects who self-administered [t=6.3, p=0.0004] demonstrated slightly greater improvements than did their counterparts [t=4.5, p=0.0009].

 

Conclusion:

 

The results of this study indicate that the deep, massaging action of the Intracell will immediately and significantly reduce the pain and sensitivity of trigger point activity. It is apparent that the Intracell can have a significant impact on the modulation of myofascial back pain, both in the industrial and clinical setting.

 

RAW DATA

 

Therapist-Administrated Intervention

 


AGE


HT

WT PRE POST
58

71


165


3.5


5.5

88

62


128


1.5


2.0

62

70


175


1.5


2.2

36

71


185


1.6


2.8

34

67


240


3.4


3.8

32

68


130


7.4


8.6

25

71


320


2.5


5.5

30

74


228


3.5


5.0

64

69


205


5.8


5.2

41

72


200


4.5


7.2

36

71


185


2.6


3.8


21


69


137


4.5


6.8

 

 

 

Self-Administered Intervention

 


Age

HT WT PRE POST

 88

62 128 2.0 5.4

 40

68 140 3.2 4.2

 45

72 186 2.0 5.6

 62

70 175 1.8 5.2

 58

62 132 2.6 4.0

 46

74 225 3.2 6.4

 26

61 102 2.6 4.0

 55

68 140 3.0 7.0

 

 

 
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS

 

VAR SIZE MEAN STD SEM
Age 20 047.50 19.20 04.30
Ht 20 068.60 03.90 00.89
Wt 20 176.30 51.30 11.50
Pre 08 002.55 00.56 00.12
Post 08 005.23 01.12 00.39
Pre 12 003.53 01.81 00.52
Post 12 004.87 02. 00.59

 

 

 

INFERENTIAL STATISTICS

 

Therapist-Administered Intervention     Self-Administered Intervention

 

Therapist-Administered Intervention     Self-Administered Intervention

 

Therapist-Administered Intervention     Self-Administered Intervention

 


Group

Pre Post Pre Post

 Size

12 12 8 8

 Mean

3.53 4.87 2.55 5.23

 Std:

1.81 2.04 0.56 1.12

 

 

 

T-Value : 4.5 T-Value: 6.3

 

^ DF: 11 DF: 7

 

2-Tail Prob.: 0.0009 2-Tail Prob.: 0.0004

 

LEGEND: The measures are in the following units: Age is in years • HT [height] is in inches 

 

WT [weight] is in pounds • PRE and POST measures are in kilograms.

 

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