Endermotherapy With Burn Hypertrophic Scars

  • End date
    Mar 13, 2026
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Updated on 19 June 2022


Mechanical massage or endermotherapyTM is applied to scar tissue with the intended therapeutic value being the promotion of structural or physiological changes. These proposed changes are meant to induce more pliability, so that skin possesses the strength and elasticity required for normal mobility. The advantage of mechanical massage compared to manual massage is that it provides a standard dosage using rollers and suction valves to mobilize the tissue. However, research documenting and supporting this effect is lacking. The objective of this proposal is to document the effect of 12 weeks of endermotherapy treatment on hypertrophic scar characteristics, including erythema, pigmentation, pliability, and thickness in adult burn survivors and their subjective evaluation of itch, pain and overall scar outcome through a prospective, randomized, controlled, within-patient, single-blinded study.


Patients will receive 12 weeks of endermotherapy , 3 times a week.

Condition Burn Scar
Treatment Endermotherapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03697447
SponsorCentre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Last Modified on19 June 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

females and males, of any race, 14 years or older
a thermal injury
at least 3 months post-burn so that the scars will be durable enough to tolerate the proposed forces
at least 2 scar sites >2.034 mm thick and within 0.5 mm of each other, and
signed the informed patient consent form

Exclusion Criteria

subjects who have keloids
with a diagnosis of psychiatric illness clearly documented in their medical file
mechanism of injury is an electrical, chemical, or cold injury
a dermatological conditions in the region of the evaluation site, that may interfere with the study results
a suspected or known allergy to ultrasound gel
unable to understand French or English, or
subjects who refuse to give informed consent
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