Arthritis Pain A Case Study

Arthritis Pain A Case Study

Arthritis is a common inflammatory condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints.  I am often asked about essential oils that may help ease the pain.  Following is a case study of a client I saw recently.   Client  A woman, aged 51 years came seeking an alternative to painkillers to help reduce the pain from arthritis in her right shoulder and neck, which also seemed to move to the left on occasion. She is in good general health. Her M.D. had diagnosed her with the beginning of Osteoarthritis and wanted to prescribe her something for the pain, she isn’t keen on this being her first route so she is seeking the aid of some other Practitioners. She is a petite framed woman and possesses a very positive and outgoing character. She attempts to remain active. Most of the pain is experienced in bed at night when finding a comfortable position is challenging. In the morning, stiffness and pain are experienced in both rising and walking. Plan The client seemed open to adding massage therapy to her plan, I gave her several referrals to therapists who are trained in using Clinical aromatherapy and incorporate it into their massage practice. We smelled many oils that I felt would be beneficial and together we narrowed the selection to the following: Plai (Zingiber cassumunar): The anti-inflammatory potential of Plai is most significant, the Thai Institute have demonstrated that components of Plai are twice as potent as Diclofenac (Voltarol), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Black Pepper (Piper nigrum): It has wonderful analgesic and warming properties. Cantele (2014) cites it as one of the most...
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