• ARIS KANJANASILANONT Kasetsart University
  • Wannaporn Sumranpat BRADY


Herbal plants , Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Massage Therapy, Stretching, Rang of Motion


          Chronic neck pain is a common disorder in office workers. Massage with plai essential oil and static stretching has been found to improve pain severity and neck function in patients with neck pain. However, there is no evidence about the effectiveness of plai essential oil massage compared to static stretching. This study aimed to compare massage with plai essential oil to static stretching on pain level, pressure pain threshold (PPT), range of motion (ROM) of the neck, and craniovertebral angles (CVA) in office workers with chronic neck pain. The subjects were 48 females with chronic neck pain, ages 30-45 years old. They were divided into three groups: group 1 (n=16) was massage with plai essential oil (MASS), group 2 (n=16) was static stretching (SS) and group 3 (n=16) was the control. Each group participated 3 times a week for a total of 4 weeks, all subjects were assessed on neck pain level, PPT, ROM of the neck, and CVA before and after the 4th week of interventions. A one-way repeated ANOVA was used to determine the differences among the three groups.

          After four weeks of interventions, all variables of the MASS and SS groups improved significantly. Moreover, the pain of the MASS group decreased significantly more than the SS group. The ROM of the neck in lateral flexion of the SS group increased significantly more than the MASS group. Both techniques were useful for improving pain and function of the neck. Thus, combining both interventions should be investigated further.

(Journal of Sports Science and Technology 2022; 22 (2): 61-79))
(Received: 22 June 2022, Revised: 10 October 2022, Accepted: 31 October 2022)
KEYWORDS: Herbal plants/ Myofascial Pain Syndrome/ Massage Therapy/ Stretching/ Rang of Motion
*Corresponding author: Pailin PUAGPRAKONG
Faculty of Sports Science, Kasetsart University, Malaiman Road, Nakhon Pathom, 73410, THAILAND



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