Rheumatology International

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 1469–1473

Effect of biofeedback and deep oscillation on Raynaud’s phenomenon secondary to systemic sclerosis: results of a controlled prospective randomized clinical trial

  • Birte Sporbeck
  • Kirsten Mathiske-Schmidt
  • Silke Jahr
  • Dörte Huscher
  • Mike Becker
  • Gabriela Riemekasten
  • Ines Taufmann
  • Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester
  • Stephanie Pögel
  • Anett Reisshauer
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DOI: 10.1007/s00296-011-1882-2

Cite this article as:
Sporbeck, B., Mathiske-Schmidt, K., Jahr, S. et al. Rheumatol Int (2012) 32: 1469. doi:10.1007/s00296-011-1882-2

Abstract

Our aim was to evaluate the effect of deep oscillation and biofeedback on Raynaud’s phenomenon (RP) secondary to systemic sclerosis (SSc). A prospective randomized study was performed in SSc patients receiving either deep oscillation (n = 10) or biofeedback (n = 8) thrice a week for 4 weeks, or patients were randomized into the waiting group untreated for vasculopathy (n = 10) in time of running the study interventions. Biofeedback resulted in an improvement of RP as determined by score reduction of visual analogue scale compared with patients of the control group (P < 0.05), whereas deep oscillation revealed a tendency for improvement (P = 0.055). The study underlines the beneficial role of physiotherapy for the treatment of SSc-related RP.

Keywords

BiofeedbackRaynaud’s phenomenonDeep oscillationSystemic sclerosisPhysiotherapy

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birte Sporbeck
    • 1
  • Kirsten Mathiske-Schmidt
    • 1
  • Silke Jahr
    • 1
  • Dörte Huscher
    • 3
  • Mike Becker
    • 2
  • Gabriela Riemekasten
    • 2
  • Ines Taufmann
    • 1
  • Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester
    • 2
  • Stephanie Pögel
    • 1
  • Anett Reisshauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationCharité University HospitalBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Rheumatology and Clinical ImmunologyCharité University HospitalBerlinGermany
  3. 3.German Rheumatism Research CentreBerlinGermany