The effect of aromatherapy on chronic back pain in instrumental musicians
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Musculoskeletal pain is a common issue among musicians today, as a result of 'overuse syndrome' and other playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (Zaza, 1998; Roset-Llobert et al, 2000). Massage is now recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for the treatment of low back pain. Previous research into aromatherapy for musculoskeletal pain has been supportive, demonstrating the potential analgesic effects of certain essential oils combined with massage. As with most complementary therapies, the efficacy of aromatherapy needs to be investigated by high-quality studies in order to gain recognition and potential integration into conventional health care. Research Question: Is aromatherapy massage effective at reducing musculoskeletal pain in instrumental musicians? Method: In a series of single subject experimental designs, four participants received 6X weekly aromatherapy massages. Outcome measures included the Brief Pain Inventory, McGill Pain Questionnaire, Perceived Stress Scale and the General Health Questionnaire. Results: Three participants experienced a decrease in pain intensity, and two demonstrated a reduction in the impact of pain on daily functioning. Conclusion: The study provides insight into the potential analgesic effects of aromatherapy on chronic, non-specific musculoskeletal pain in instrumental musicians, acting as a preliminary investigation.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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