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Shoulder Pain Massage Study 2022

Exploring the effects of the Jing Method™ clinical massage in adults with chronic shoulder pain.

Participate from 1st September to 1st December 2022.


10TH AUGUST 2022


Welcome, and thank you for your interest in my shoulder pain massage study.

When you’re ready to apply to become a participant, just complete and submit the short form on this page.

Before that, I’m sure you’ll want to know exactly what will be involved, so let me explain. 

First up. You’ll want to know: is the study for you?

This study is for you if you are over 18 and have had shoulder pain for 4 or more months. Maybe you have tried other treatments with little or no success. Perhaps you have even become resigned to having persistent shoulder pain.

The study is for you if you are open to trying manual therapies and are happy to take on some simple self-care exercises between hands-on sessions.

Of course, you will also be free to participate when the study takes place. It runs for 13 weeks from 1st September to 1st December 2022.

For 6 of those weeks (17th October to 1st December 2022), you will be available to attend 6 in-person massage treatment sessions in Palmers Green, North London, N13.

Why is the shoulder pain massage study happening?

Well, first, I’d best explain a bit about me. I am a Jing Method™ clinical massage therapist specialising in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain. In my North London clinic, I work with a range of chronic pain such as migraines, low-back pain, and of course, chronic shoulder pain.

Keen to expand my knowledge and skills in treating chronic pain, in 2019 I embarked on an advanced qualification in my field: the BTEC Level 6 in Advanced Clinical and Sports Massage.

This is the highest level of education a massage therapist can achieve in the UK. It is overseen by experts in the field of Musculoskeletal Pain, Education, Sports Science and Psychology.

As part of our coursework, we are given an opportunity to design and carry out a study into the effects of a clinical massage wellness programme.

As you probably guessed, I have chosen to investigate the effects of the Jing Method™ clinical massage in adults with chronic shoulder pain.

Ready to Join the Study?

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  • Please only apply if you meet the eligibility criteria listed in the form
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Let's have some more questions...

Does it cost to participate?

It is completely free to participate in the study. If you would prefer to make a contribution to cover costs, you can do this. I would suggest no more than £20 per session. However, again, you do not need to pay anything to participate.

What happens once I have applied?

When you submit the application form, you will receive an automated acknowledgement on-screen. Check your email inbox (and junk folder) too, as I will also send you a welcome email explaining the next steps. 

What happens then?

We will arrange a time to have an informal call. It will allow us to explore the study and introduce the outcome measurement tool: The Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) questionnaire.

What does the study consist of?

I will invite you to download a mobile app called PhysiApp. PhysiApp will prompt you to complete the SPADI questionnaire via the app. 

We will then have a 20-minute 1-to-1 video call where we will talk through the pain you are experiencing. We will also review the SPADI questionnaire results. If after this you would like to participate, I will ask that you consent to the study.

Phase 1: Understanding your pain

The study starts properly with phase 1 on 1st September. This phase lasts for 6 weeks and is all about us understanding your pain. Each week for these 6 weeks, PhysiApp will prompt you to complete the SPADI questionnaire via the app. 

The questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. 

Once that data is gathered and we know what we are dealing with, we will then start to endeavour to make a difference during phase 2, the treatment phase.

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Chronic pain exercises

Phase 2: The Treatment

Phase 2 will start from 17th October and will also last for 6 weeks.

During this time, you will attend six 60-minute in-person, hands-on sessions: one per week.

Each session will comprise a  hands-on treatment of the Jing Method shoulder pain massage protocol, and a self-care demonstration.

Between sessions, PhysiApp will prompt you to do the self-care exercises each day for the duration of the six hands-on treatments. These exercises will take no more than 15 minutes each day.

During these 6 weeks, you will continue to fill out the SPADI questionnaire, once per week.

You will receive an email prompting you to complete the questionnaire via the PhysApp app.

Will it actually help my shoulder pain?

Ah, good question! The Jing Method™ is very effective with long-term, chronic pain, and I have seen it be particularly effective with shoulder pain. 

Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s Jo, who had treatment for her frozen shoulder.

What happens after the study is completed?

At the end of the study, I will ask for feedback on what worked for you and what didn’t. If the sessions are working for you there will be an opportunity to continue.

Once my research is published, I will share with you my findings and invite you to the conference, where my colleagues and I will be presenting all our findings.

Have some more questions?

No problem. Why not have a look at this short video to get an idea of what the Jing Method™ involves.

You can also explore my website here, or just give me a call.