Aromatherapy Massage for Diabetic Patients
Aromatherapy massage was recently shown to have a measurable improvement on neuropathic pain in diabetic patients. A study, published in the June 2017 Journal of Nursing Scholarship, sought to determine if massage with essential oils could lessen neuropathic pain in diabetic patients. The researchers found that diabetic patients who had been suffering with painful diabetic neuropathy realized a significant decrease of pain. Patients also experienced a significant increase of quality of life by adding aromatherapy massage to their care routines.
The study, performed in Turkey, compared 21 patients who received the aromatherapy massage with 25 control patients who did not. The essential oils used in the study were rosemary, geranium, lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile. The massage was given three times per week for a total of four weeks. The control group received only routine care, with no aromatherapy or massage of any kind. Data was compiled with the use of two different patient questionnaires (one targeting pain, the other targeting quality of life), along with a visual analog scale.
Based on the significant decrease of pain among the patients in the study group, as well as the reported increase in quality of life, researchers concluded that aromatherapy massage is a simple, effective, drug-free method to reduce pain and improve quality of life in patients with diabetic neuropathic pain.
The complete citation for the study is as follows: Gok Metin, Z., Arikan Donmez, A., Izgu, N., Ozdemir, L. and Arslan, I. E. (2017), Aromatherapy Massage for Neuropathic Pain and Quality of Life in Diabetic Patients. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. doi:10.1111/jnu.12300
The full article can be downloaded at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/jnu.12300/full
Aromatherapy Massage Certification
To learn more about the benefits of aromatherapy for conditions routinely experienced in a massage setting, Institute of Somatic Therapy offers a course in Aromatherapy for Massage. Some of the conditions covered in the course include arthritis, circulation problems, edema, headaches, inflammation, joint pain, muscle soreness, sports massage, sprains, stress, and more.
There are 32 essential oils covered in the course. They are: Basil, Bergamot, Birch, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange, Patchouli, Pepper, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang. Students have the option to submit internship paperwork to become certified in aromatherapy massage.