This clinical trial examines the effectiveness of meditation and exercise on individuals with chronic back pain. Participants will listen to an audiobook, practice quiet mindfulness, and walk on a treadmill to test these factors.
This is a single-blind, interventional, randomized, parallel assignment with an estimated 42 participants. The study began on January 28, 2018 and is estimated to be completed in June 2019.
- All sexes, ages 18 to 60 years old
- Body mass index within the normal to overweight range (18.5-29.9)
- Resting heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute
- Resting blood pressure is less than or equal to 140/90
- Able to independently walk community distances without external support (e.g., walker, cane)
- Age less than 18 or greater than 60 years
- Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 30 or ≤ 18.4
- Cardiovascular or respiratory disease
- Neurological disease, unrelated to low back pain
- Radicular low back pain
- Back pain associated with neuropathy
- Diabetes mellitus, Types 1 and 2
- Diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, unrelated to low back pain
- Acute pain
- Regular participation in high intensity athletics/sporting activities
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Currently pregnant
- Current cigarette smoker
- Ongoing litigation associated with back pain
- Inability to walk independently without external support (e.g. walker)
- Regular participation in meditation techniques or training in Mindfulness-based stress reduction
You may participate in this study at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15282. IF you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Anna M Polaski, BS.
This studied is sponsored by Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. The Principal Investigators for Duquesne University are Matthew C. Kostek, PhD and Benedict J Kolber, PhD. The Principal Investigator for the University of Pittsburgh is Eric Helm, MD.
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