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Study: Effect of Massage Therapy with Lime Essential Oil on the Recovery of Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness in Athletes (DOMS)

By September 24, 2023Essential Oils
Study: Effect of Massage Therapy with Lime Essential Oil on the Recovery of Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness in Athletes (DOMS)

Physical exercise increases muscle strength, improves physical condition and helps in preventing injury. Post workout massage therapy is often used to alleviate muscle fatigue and pain.

The increase of lactic acid levels affects the maximum working ability of muscle fibers, decreasing physical performance.

Lime essential oil as a topical oil contains high ester substances that have pharmacological effects such as being a natural analgesic to relieve pain.

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of massage therapy with lime essential oil on the recovery of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Participants were divided into three groups. The exercise group (E) was doing exercises and was not given massage therapy; the exercise massage (EM) group, namely, doing exercises and being massaged with ordinary lotion as a topical oil; and the EM lime (EMC) group did exercises and was given a massage with lime essential oil as the topical oil.

The results showed that there was a significant difference in the average levels of lactic acid (p = 0.000) and the athlete’s pain intensity (p = 0.000) in the three groups, namely, the exercise group (E), the exercise and massage group (EM), and the exercise and massage with lime essential oil (EMC).

This study finds that lime essential oil used as topical massage therapy oil is better for accelerating the DOMS.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10008347/

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