An Exploration into the Effects of Aromatherapy Massage on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: Measuring Pain Intensity, Duration and Frequency
Jones, Katie Ann
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: DOMS is a muscular pain and discomfort which appears following new or unaccustomed exercise. Past studies have researched the effect of massage on DOMS however aromatherapy massage has not been studied for its effects on pain associated with DOMS. Research Question: What is the role of aromatherapy massage in the treatment of exercise induced DOMS? Method: An SSED using an A1, B1, A2, B2, A3, B3 design was used to answer the research question. 6 participants who regularly experience DOMS were recruited to take part. During intervention phases (B) participants would receive aromatherapy massage 1-4 hours following exercise. Outcome measures were collected during non-intervention and intervention phases in order to compare results. Participants acted as their own control as the perception of pain is subjective. Results: The mean scores obtained across the intervention stages for each participant demonstrated a decrease in perceived pain scores in comparison to non-intervention mean scores. There was not found to be a correlation between perceived pain scores and perceived stiffness scores. Conclusion: Results obtained suggest that aromatherapy massage may be an appropriate treatment for the pain associated with DOMS. The findings were inconclusive regarding the benefits of aromatherapy massage on the duration of recovery and frequency of DOMS. Further research is required using a larger sample size to support these findings.
BSc Complementary Healthcare (With Practitioner Status)
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