The study A Study of Court-type Thai Traditional Massage Knowledge in the Treatment of Office Syndrome: A Case Study of Ajarn Manat Ratchathaworn

Main Article Content

Aumpol Bunpean
Patama Chantarapon
Nattaporn Soythong
Suparkorn Poosarad


This study aimed to collect Master (Ajarn) Manat Ratchathaworn’s knowledge of royal Thai massage in the treatment of office syndrome, especially the methods and outcomes of office syndrome treatment. Data were collected from June to August 2019, based on the main qualitative research question, “how the royal massage treated office syndrome”, as well as interviews and observations. The results revealed that: (1) Ajarn Manat Ratchathaworn studied the therapeutic massage skills from Ajarn Narongsak Boonrattanahiran and has treated with massage for more than 50 years for about 30 office syndrome patients per month. (2) The royal massage treatment for office syndrome by Ajarn Manat usually takes 1–2 hours per case, using three steps including diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of treatment. (3) After the treatment, the patients could work for longer periods oftime, had better mobility, felt less pain, requested additional treatments in the future, and recommended the treatments of Ajarn Manat to others with a similar illness. The results of this study can be used as a foundation for those interested in applying the massage knowledge in treating office syndrome patients, disseminating the knowledge for health care of community members and helping preserve the inherited knowledge for future generations.



Download data is not yet available.

Article Details

Original Articles
Author Biography

Aumpol Bunpean, Kanchanabhishek Institute of Medical and Public Health Technology

Faculty of Health and Sports Science


Ratchathaworn M. Honorary professors teaching handicrafts Department of Thai Traditional Medicine

Kanchanabhisek institute of medical and public health technology. 2018. Interviewer. (in Thai)

Suay-ngarm S, Nicharojana LO, Arpanantikul M. Effects of neck and shoulder massage combined with medication use on pain and electromyogram biofeedback in persons with neck and scapular pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome. Journal of Phrapokklao Nursing College.

;28(2):42-54. (in Thai)

Chiaranai C, Petchprapai N, Suwannobon N, Chularee S. A study of Traditional Thai Complementary therapies,

Traditional Thai midwifery, and herbal utilization of traditional healers: a case study of traditional healers living

in NumPung Dam, Sakon Nakhon Province. Nakhon Ratchasima: Suranaree University; 2013. (in Thai)

Keawchin P, Phonsungnoen N. A study of folk medicine wisdom in Wang Nam Khiao district, Nakhon Ratchasima. Nakhon Ratchasima: Nakhonratchasima College; 2015. (in Thai)

Yoadsomsuay P, Wongtongtair S. A study of wisdom of folk doctor in Amphoe Ounkharuk, Nakhornnayok

province (thesis). Bangkok: Srinakharinwirot University; 2007. (in Thai)

Inthaphalan K, Reamklang T. A study of wisdom of folk doctors on Jab Sen massage for herniated nucleus

pulposus: a case study of Sombat Wongkhum (thesis). Nonthaburi: Kanchanabhisek institute of medical and

public health technology, Nonthaburi; 2016. (in Thai)

Ayurveda College. Royal Thai massage. 2nd ed. Bangkok: Usa Printing Co., Ltd.; 2012. 196 p. (in Thai)

Ayurveda School. Traditional Thai Medicine (royal Thai massage) part 2: signal massage. 2nd ed. Bangkok:

Supawanit Printing; 2014. 174 p. (in Thai)

Aiumchawe S, Prompradit R, Sutawee B, Suphan J, Sooktho S. Short term effects of Traditional Thai Massage in

people with chronic low back pain. Journal of Traditional Thai Medical Research. 2016;2(2):25-34. (in Thai)

Healing arts division. General traditional medical books, medical branch, book 3. Nonthaburi: Thaiphum Publishing; 1998. 105 p. (in Thai)

Chanwibun P, Fakkham S. The effectiveness of the royal massage in the treatment of upper back pain in patients at the center of applied Thai traditional medicine Suansunandha Rajabhat University. Bangkok: Suansunandha Rajabhat University; 2010. (in Thai)

Phungphai C. The effects of applied Thai Traditional Massage on relaxation (thesis). Bangkok: Srinakharinwirot University; 2007. (in Thai)

Thammasorn A. The study of Thai Massage effects to health-related quality of life of working age group (thesis). Bangkok: Dhurakij Pundit University; 2017. (in Thai)