Sham-SMT is a believable sham comparator for studying effects of SMT in shoulder pain
Development of a sham comparator for thoracic spinal manipulative therapy for use with shoulder disordersMan Ther. 2013 Feb;18(1):60-4. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2012.07.003. Epub 2012 Aug 9
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69 patients without shoulder pain were randomized to thoracic spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), sham SMT, or to a sham-ultrasound group to determine the best sham comparator for thoracic SMT. They were told they were assigned to either manual therapy, range of motion, or ultrasound, in order to measure the perceived effects of the treatments on shoulder motion, pain and function. SMT and sham-SMT...
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