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Article: 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

TitleThe 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
Authors
KeywordsAromatic essential oil
Relaxation
Acupoint
Issue Date2004
Citation
Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2004, v. 12, n. 1, p. 28-37 How to Cite?
AbstractObjectives: 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: Randomised 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. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230748
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dc.contributor.authorYip, Y. B.-
dc.contributor.authorTse, S. H M-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-01T06:06:42Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-01T06:06:42Z-
dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.citationComplementary Therapies in Medicine, 2004, v. 12, n. 1, p. 28-37-
dc.identifier.issn0965-2299-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/230748-
dc.description.abstractObjectives: 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: Randomised 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. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofComplementary Therapies in Medicine-
dc.subjectAromatic essential oil-
dc.subjectRelaxation-
dc.subjectAcupoint-
dc.titleThe 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-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.natureLink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ctim.2003.12.003-
dc.identifier.pmid15130569-
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dc.identifier.volume12-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage28-
dc.identifier.epage37-

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