Is aromatherapy massage using an essential oil blend effective in reducing muscular pains in Case Workers?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background. Work-related musculoskeletal pain is now considered one of the highest occupational and health problems within the UK. To date there are limited studies published examining the effects of aromatherapy intervention in office environments to address this health concern. Therefore, this study aimed to explore if aromatherapy using an EO blend, would provide complementary support in reducing muscular pains on office-based Case Workers and to evaluate its effectiveness. Research Question. Is aromatherapy massage using an essential oil blend effective in reducing muscular pains in Case Workers? Method. A Single-Subject Experimental Design was used. Five participants received four sessions of aromatherapy massages for four weeks. The Brief Pain Inventory, General Health Questionnaire and Subjective Happiness Scale were used to collect data. A Post-Study Questionnaire was also included to evaluate participant feedback. To identify and visually display any symptom changes, microsoft excel was used to create charts and graphs. Results. All participants experienced a reduction in pain severity with an overall mean improvement of 19.24%. Four participants experienced similar results in reduced pain interference on daily functioning with an overall mean IV improvement of 12.79%. Improvements in psychological functioning were also noted. Conclusion. The study’s results provide insight into the potential analgesic effects of aromatherapy on reducing muscular pain in office workers. Due to the study’s small size and presented limitations, further research is needed to confirm the efficacy of aromatherapy for pain management. More research is needed to examine the relationship and treatment outcomes of aromatherapy for reducing muscular pain with its potential to improve psychological aspects too.
B.Sc.(Hons) Complementary Healthcare
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