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Title: An experimental study on the effectiveness of acupressure with aromatic lavender essential oil for sub-acute, non-specific neck pain in Hong Kong
Authors: Yip, YB
Tse, SHM 
Keywords: Sub-acute neck pain
Lavender oil
Experimental study design
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Source: Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 2006, v. 12, no. 1, p. 18-26 How to cite?
Journal: Complementary therapies in clinical practice 
Abstract: Objectives: To assess the efficacy of acupressure using an aromatic essential oil (lavender) as an add-on treatment for pain relief and enhancing physical functional activities among adults with sub-acute non-specific neck pain.
Design: Experimental study design.
Setting: The Telehealth clinic and the community centre, Hong Kong.
Intervention: A course of 8-session manual acupressure with lavender oil over a 3 week period.
Outcome measures: Changes from baseline to the end of treatment were assessed on neck pain intensity [by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)]; stiffness level; stress level; neck lateral flexion, forward flexion and extension in cm, and interference with daily activities.
Results: The baseline VAS score for the intervention and control groups were 5.12 and 4.91 out of 10, respectively ðP ¼ 0:72Þ. One month after the end of treatment, compared to the control group, the manual acupressure group had 23% reduced pain intensity ðP ¼ 0:02Þ, 23% reduced neck stiffness ðP ¼ 0:001Þ, 39% reduced stress level ðP ¼ 0:0001Þ, improved neck flexion ðP ¼ 0:02Þ, neck lateral flexion ðP ¼ 0:02Þ, and neck extension ðP ¼ 0:01Þ. However, improvements in functional disability level were found in both the manual acupressure group ðP ¼ 0:001Þ and control group
ISSN: 1744-3881
EISSN: 1873-6947
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2005.09.005
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