The Effectiveness of the Wim Hof Method in People With Spinal Cord Injury

Psychosocial/other
Mental health and psychosocial factors
Online since 9 March 2023, updated 494 days ago

About this trial

People with a spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience secondary medical complications. One of the methods that may help to prevent or deal with secondary complications in people with SCI is the Wim ...

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 75 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • Time since injury
    ≥ 1 year
    Healthy volunteers
    Yes
    C1-S5

    What’s involved

    Type

    Psychosocial/other

    Details

    A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a serious medical condition that causes functional, psychological and socioeconomic disorder. Long-term, secondary medical complications are common and play an important role in the continuum of care for people with SCI. Complications are a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality and lead to increased rates of rehospitalisation, loss of employability and decreased quality of life. During multidisciplinary SCI rehabilitation, the treatment is focussed on working with the patient physically and psychologically to maximize their neurological recovery and general health but also to prevent or deal with the secondary complications. One of the methods that may help to prevent or deal with secondary complications in people with SCI is the Wim Hof Method (WHM). The WHM is based on three elements: 1) breathing exercises, 2) gradual cold exposure (cold showers, or cold water immersion), and 3) mindset. Previous studies showed a positive effect of the WHM on health-related quality of life and the inflammatory profile of healthy individuals as well as patients with active axial spondyloarthritis. Furthermore, a pilot study in people with SCI showed that the WHM (only breathing exercises and mindset) led to positive changes in respiratory function, mental health index, hyperventilation and a trend was visible regarding the hindrance due to spasticity. Some of the participants mentioned that they experienced positive effects on coughing, energy level, mood or used less spasticity medication after the WHM intervention. These positive findings in the pilot study warrant a full-scale randomised-controlled trial (RCT) of this novel therapeutic approach in people with SCI. The primary objective of this randomized controlled trial is to assess the effects of WHM, involving breathing exercises, mindset (and cold exposure), on health-related quality of life in people with SCI. The secondary objectives are to assess the effects of WHM, involving breathing exercises, mindset (and cold exposure) in people with SCI on: inflammation markers, metabolic health, pulmonary function, body composition, sleep quality, spasticity, stress, and on chronic pain.

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Mental health and psychosocial factors

    Additional benefits

    General health

    Pain

    Spasticity

    Good to know: Potential benefits are defined as outcomes that are being measured during and/or after the trial.

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    Wings for Life has proudly initiated, led and funded the new version of the SCI Trials Finder website. Wings for Life aims to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The not-for-profit foundation funds world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe.

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    • Trial recruitment status
    • By invitation
    • Trial start date
    • 27 Mar 2023
    • Organisation
    • Stichting Reade
    • Trial recruitment status
    • By invitation
    • Trial start date
    • 27 Mar 2023
    • Organisation
    • Stichting Reade

    Wings for Life supports SCITrialsFinder

    Wings for Life has proudly initiated, led and funded the new version of the SCI Trials Finder website. Wings for Life aims to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The not-for-profit foundation funds world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe.

    Learn more