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Title: 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
Authors: Yip, YB
Tse, SHM 
Keywords: Acupoint
Aromatic essential oil
Relaxation
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Source: Complementary therapies in medicine, 2004, v. 12, no. 1, p. 28-37 How to cite?
Journal: Complementary therapies in medicine 
Abstract: 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: 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28184
ISSN: 0965-2299
EISSN: 1873-6963
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2003.12.003
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