Neuroendocrine Changes in Cervical Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization Non-specific Mechanical Neck Pain

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    Loma Linda University
Updated on 7 February 2023
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The aim for this graduate student research project is to determine if cervical spinal mobilization releases similar neuropeptides and endogenous hormones as compared to cervical spinal manipulation and a control group. We hypothesized that application of cervical manipulations would result in a neuroendocrine response (SNS- HPA axis). By measuring salivary cortisol, oxytocin and DHEA, it may be possible to provide important information regarding the mechanisms and associations of pain modulation, anti-inflammatory and tissue healing after a biomechanical event.


  • Participants will be completing three standardized questionnaires: The Neck Disability Index (NDI), Numeric Pain Rate Scale (NPRS), and the Global Ration of Change (GROC). These self-rated questionnaires will be used to capture the patient's level of pain, assess disability, and to quantify patient's improvement or deterioration over time, usually to either determine the effect of an intervention or to chart the clinical course of a condition.
    • Participants will be providing four saliva samples: Collecting biomarkers in saliva requires reliable, accurate methods for proper storage and handling techniques with high-quality assays and validated testing protocols. For this study, salivary oxytocin, cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) will be collected in the morning (between 8 am and 11 am) for each participant at preintervention (baseline), and 15, 30 and 60 minutes after intervention by using self-collection kits in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions for each biomarker (Salimetrics Inc).
    • Participants will be receiving skilled interventions: Participants will be randomly assigned by using a computer-generated randomized table of numbers created prior to the start of data collection to one of the following three groups: cervical manipulation group, cervical mobilization group, no-touch group which will be receiving postural education. Cervical Spinal Manipulation (CSM) and Cervical Spinal Mobilizations (CSMob) are common techniques utilized by healthcare professionals to treat neck pain, low back pain and its effectiveness to treat musculoskeletal pain.

Condition Neck Pain
Treatment cervical spinal manipulation, cervical spinal mobilization
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04911608
SponsorLoma Linda University
Last Modified on7 February 2023

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