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Table 1 Eligibility screening

From: The effect of massage therapy and/or exercise therapy on subacute or long-lasting neck pain - the Stockholm neck trial (STONE): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
Age 18 to 70 years Not fluent in Swedish language
Current history of subacute neck pain (30 to 90 days duration) or long-lasting neck pain (>90 days) impairing daily activities at work and/or leisure time Pain intensity <2 as a mean of three pain questions the preceding 4 weeks (Chroniq Pain Questionnaire)
Access to internet Pain related disability <1 as a mean of three disability questions the preceding 4 weeks (Chronic Pain Questionnaire)
In possession of a smart phone Having used a personal trainer the preceding 4 weeks
  Pregnancy
  Cancer the preceding 5 years
  Skin disorders in the painful area impeding massage therapy
  Manual therapy, massage therapy or physical therapy for the neck pain in the preceding month
  Sick leave due to surgery in the painful area
  Specific diagnosis (as for example acute prolapsed disc, spondylolisthesis, spinal fracture, spinal stenosis, or arthritis)
  Red Flags (as for example acute trauma, cancer, infection, cauda equine, osteoporosis, or vertebral fractures)
  Fever