Relaxation stimulation with aromatic Lavender essential oil on low back pain
Objectives: To assess the effect of acupoint stimulation with electrodes combined with acupressure using an aromatic essential oil (lavender) as an add-on treatment on pain relief and enhancing the physical functional activities among adults with sub-acute or chronic non-speciﬁc low back pain.
Design: Randomized controlled trial.
Setting: The community centre, Old-Aged Home and Women Workers Association, Hong Kong. Intervention: 8-session relaxation acupoint stimulation followed by acupressure with lavender oil over a 3-week period. The control group received usual care only.
Outcome measures: Changes from baseline to the end of treatment were assessed in pain intensity (by Visual Analogue Scale) and duration; lateral ﬁngertip-to-ground distance in centimetres; walking time and interference on daily activities.
Results: The baseline VAS scores for the intervention and control groups were 6.38 (S.E.M.=0.22) and 5.70 (S.E.M.=0.37) out of 10, respectively (P=0.24). One week after the end of treatment, the intervention group had 39% greater reduction in VAS pain intensity than the control group (P=0.0001), improved walking time (P=0.05) and greater lateral spine ﬂexion range (P=0.01).
Conclusions: Our results show that 8-sessions of acupoint stimulation followed by acupressure with aromatic lavender oil were an effective method for short-term LBP relief. No adverse effects were reported. To complement mainstream medical treatment for sub-acute LBP, the combined therapy of acupoint stimulation followed by acupressure with aromatic lavender oil may be one of the choices as an add-on therapy for short-term reduction of LBP.
The effectiveness of relaxation acupoint stimulation and acupressure with aromatic lavender essential oil for non-speciﬁc low back pain in Hong Kong: a randomised controlled trial
Y.B. Yip, S.H.M. Tse