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Aromatherapy and Pain Management
There are two basic types of pain; acute pain and chronic pain.
Acute pain, most usually, is a result of disease, inflammation, or injury to tissues. It is immediate and usually of a short duration. Acute pain is a normal response to injury and may be accompanied by anxiety or emotional distress. The cause of acute pain can usually be diagnosed and treated.
Chronic pain is continuous pain that persists for more than 3 months, and beyond the time of normal healing. It ranges from mild to severe and can last weeks, months, or years to a lifetime. The cause of chronic pain is not always evident. Chronic pain can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.
Aromatherapy Massage and Pain Relief
The use of essential oils for pain management is becoming an increasingly common means of treating pain and the body of relevant research is growing steadily. Massage benefits the body for several reasons. Firstly is stimulates the specific nerves that reduce the transmission of pain throughout the body. Secondly, it improves the circulation of blood, which helps people relax and promotes a general feeling of well being which helps people cope with their pain more readily. May people also find adding essential oils to their bath helps with pain relief.
Aromatherapy for General Pain Relief
Chamomile is an essential oil with very effective anti-inflammatory properties. It is great for easing the pain of headaches, migraine, neck tension and shoulder pain. It is also soothing for digestive discomfort, lower back pain and menstrual cramps.
Lavender is one of the best essential oils for pain relief. It’s great for relieving muscle cramps and strains, headache, neuralgia, Lavender can also help to calm nervous tension and to relieve mood swings.
Sandalwood is recognized in Ayurvedic medicine as being a very valuable essential oil for pain management. It soothes muscle tension by improving the circulation and is beneficial for back pain, neuralgia and sciatica.
Sweet marjoram essential oil has potent sedative effects. It also soothes muscle stiffness and cramp, improves circulation and eases the symptoms of rheumatism and osteoarthritis. It is also effective for treating headaches, migraine and menstrual cramps.
Vetiver relieves arthritis, muscle ache, pain, sprain and stiffness, but circulation so it helps to detoxify tissues. It balances the central nervous system and is beneficial for tension and depression.
Each of these oils, apart from lavender has a high potency so only 3-4 drops are required in a blend. They each mix well with citrus oils which are soothing or flower oils which help clear the mind.
Aromatherapy and Pain Management for MS Sufferers
People suffering from multiple sclerosis often have long-standing pain. Often, patients with MS do not respond easily to traditional therapies for pain management so they are unable to find relief. The may also not want to take additional medication on top of their treatment for MS because of the risk of side effects or contraindications. Recent research has shown that the use of essential oils is effective in managing pain during MS.
Essential Oils During Labor
Clary Sage - this essential oil helps to ease tension during labor and relax the muscles.
Geranium - geranium is soothing and helps relax muscles and focus on labor techniques.
Jasmine - helps to ease pain, relax cervical muscles and promote strong contractions.
Lavender - lavender is very calming and helps to ease the pain of contractions. Mixed with chamomile and almond oil it keeps skin supple and reduces the chance of stretch marks.
Neroli - this gentle orange oil is very calming and will help to reduce the pain of contractions.
Rose - helps to relax muscles and focus concentration as well as easing pain.
Recent Research on Aromatherapy and Pain Management
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Snyder M, Wieland J. Complementary and alternative therapies: what is their place in the management of chronic pain? Nurs Clin North Am. 2003 Sep;38(3):495-508. Review.
Smith CA, Collins CT, Cyna AM, Crowther CA. Complementary and alternative therapies for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;(2):CD003521. Review.
Wood K. The promise of aromatherapy. Essential oils have been shown in clinical trials to soothe some chronic ills brought on by old age. Provider. 2003 Mar;29(3):47-8. No abstract available.
Louis M, Kowalski SD. Use of aromatherapy with hospice patients to decrease pain, anxiety, and depression and to promote an increased sense of well-being. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2002 Nov-Dec;19(6):381-6.