Aroma Sense Therapy & Spina Bifida

Aroma Sense Therapy & Spina Bifida

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Aroma Sense and Stretching - Spina Bifida

Have you ever met somebody in a wheelchair?

Probably.

Did they have spina bifida?

Possibly.

My son, Aloshua, was born with spina bifida. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect affecting approximately 1-10 out of every 1,000 births. One thing people with spina bifida struggle with is atrophy. This is a fancy way of saying that because certain muscles (like those in the legs) are underused, they begin to waste away and can become tight making it difficult and often times painful for the individual to function normally.

Aloshua - 11 Year old with Spina Bifida - Wheelchair User

Have you ever tried to do the splits, only to end up crying out in pain because you pulled a muscle? It’s pretty painful. Now imagine that this happens whenever you stretch your legs AT ALL. This is what some people with spina bifida experience on a regular basis. Since their legs don’t stretch the way that most people’s do, even basic stretching can be painful. In fact, stretching their legs is something that is often a primary focus during physical therapy sessions.

Spina Bifida and Stretching

Parents of children with spina bifida are taught when their children are young how to stretch their muscles and it is important that it be done consistently. This is something that my son, Aloshua, struggles with. It is painful and can often leave him sore if he is over-stretched. I recently discovered that some parents use bath products to help make routine stretching easier on their children.

The more I thought about it, the more I knew I wanted to try bath time for our stretching regime.

Kid with Spina Bifida in Bath stretching legs with Aroma Sense Luxury Shower Head

Thanks to Aroma Sense and their handheld shower heads, I can join in on bath time stretching. Aroma Sense is a US based company specializing in luxury shower heads. Each shower head comes with a cartridge of an essential oil based aroma therapy blend. Additional cartridges can be purchased through their website. There are numerous options including lemon, citrus mango, lavender, jasmine, and eucalyptus. You can see the benefits of each aroma therapy scent on their features page.

I chose lavender.

Aroma Sense Shower Head Lavendar Replacement Cartridges

Lavender oil is helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. It can inhibit bacteria that causes acne, and help to regulate sebum excretion. In aromatherapy, it induces sleep to relieve insomnia and makes an excellent solution for anxiety issues. (Source)

I like that lavender has so many added benefits that weren’t even on my radar originally. Aloshua struggles with migraine headaches, my daughter and I struggle with insomnia, and my older son struggles with acne, so it is a win-win for all of the family.

Installing Aroma Sense Luxury Shower Head

Setting up the shower head was a breeze. We previously had a shower hose from our durable medical equipment supply company. All I had to do was unscrew the head from that hose and screw on the new shower head. I chose the handheld option for the ability to target specific areas of his legs. Aroma Sense also offers wall mounted version.

Not only is the water pressure great, it is an even pressure and uses less water than a standard shower head. Take a peek at this video to see a similar comparison of what we previously used to what we are using now:

The only con I have ran into is the inability to turn the hose off at the handheld part. This is not a big deal as I am able to turn it off at the wall.

Using Aroma Sense Therapy

As you can see, the hose I have is long enough to reach the entirety of the tub, allowing Aloshua to hold the shower head himself so I can stretch his legs.

Aroma Sense Shower Head - Aroma Therapy Massage Stretching

Since getting the Aroma Sense shower head, Aloshua has been more willing to allow me to stretch him. The combination of warm water and lavender scent relaxes him and reduces anxiety related to past, painful stretching experiences.

If you have a child with spina bifida and are looking for a better way to help loosen those tight muscles, I definitely recommend Aroma Sense’s Luxury Shower Heads. If you are anybody else, I also recommend getting one. Hello, eucalyptus and jasmine scents! The cartridges are affordable and very easy to change out. Just unscrew and pop a new one in.

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62 thoughts on “Aroma Sense Therapy & Spina Bifida

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Oh my gosh. I had no idea that Spina Bifida was so incredibly hard on a person. I knew it limited mobility and deformed the spine, but I didn’t know anything about the rest. I’m glad you found something that helps your son with his stretches!

  2. Paula Schuck

    I love to relax in a bath with lavender. It’s so relaxing at the end of a long day. It almost feels ridiculous to say after reading about what your son goes through though. Boy, he is a tough kid!

  3. Gwendolyn Mulholland

    Spina Bifida can be so incredibly hard on the person that has it and on those caring for them. I am glad you have found something to help your son with his stretches. The Aroma Sense looks like a great product and could benefit many people.

  4. Sarah

    What a really great sounding addition to the bath, I hope it brings your son some sort of help as spina bifida sounds like such an awful condition.

  5. Mary Burris

    I’ve never really given much thought about the atrophy, but I’m really glad that you have provided an alternative way to make the stratching easier. I do love my essential oils!

  6. Amanda

    I partnered up with Aroma Sense for a blog post and I am so glad that I did. They provide such a relaxing way to either end or start the day and I’m sure it would be such a great resource for those with spina bifida and other special needs.

  7. Nicole Etolen

    I have no idea about this condition. This product surely helps a lot for relaxation! I love lavender.

  8. Elizabeth O.

    It sounds like an amazing option for people with Spina bifida. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to move and having a treatment like this can lessen the pain that they are feeling.

  9. Michelle

    Aroma Sense therapy sounds amazing. I love that you are spreading the word on Spina Bifida, it’s great to actually understand and get perspective of how it affects someone like your son. Bless him!

  10. Kathy

    That is a really neat idea. I need some of this for my shower. I bet this would really help keep relaxed too.

  11. Rosemond

    Thank you for not only introducing us to a wonderful product, but also teaching us a bit more about the everyday struggles of those with spina bifida. So glad that you’ve found something to help your son stretch his muscles.

  12. Chubskulit Rose

    This brings back memories when I was pregnant with my son. They said that he might have spina bifida if I don’t go through the testing that they want to do but regardless of what they said, we didn’t go though it and thanks God, my son was perfectly healthy. You are one strong and loving Momma!

  13. Sara

    What a great product that is really helping your son. Thank you for sharing what helps you so that you can help others!

  14. Mags

    I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Spina Bifida. I’m glad your son was able to find relief with the shower head adn aromatherapy

  15. Rosey

    That’s happy news that you found a way to help with his stretching. I like aroma therapy in the shower too.

  16. Ana

    I have a lot of spine / muscle/ back/ joint problems but Spina Bifida is far worse and as you said stretching is painful. These aromatherapy techniques would help.

  17. Jamela P

    This is such a great product and is so awesome that it helps. I need one of these for my house.

  18. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    Wow I’m glad i bumped into this blog. I would love to unwind in the bath later. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Gabriel

    Looks like it’s working well for him to let you help him stretch out more. Aroma Therapy can be a very good tool in a lot of treatments.

  20. Francisca Ramos

    I am glad Aroma Therapy is working great for your son. I didn’t know about it. Thanks for sharing your story.

  21. Lynndee

    I love essential oils and lavender is my fave, but I haven’t tried using it in the shower. I can already imagine how relaxing it would feel. Can’t wait to try it.

  22. Terri

    I wasn’t aware of all of the challenges persons have with spina bifida. Now that I do know, I can see how aroma sense therapy could help.

  23. Lori Felix

    I’m glad you found something to help make your son’s stretching routine less painful for him. I think the Aroma Sense Shower head with the lavender scent cartridge would be great for calming my nephew before bedtime.

  24. Sara

    I am so glad that the stretching routines are less painful for your son now. Oils are rather amazing! I do use them in the shower to relax!

  25. Katherine G

    I’m so glad that you found something to help your son. I didn’t know lavender helps with insomnia. I’m going to have to pass this along to my mom.

  26. Eileen Kelly

    There are so many serious health issues that need so much special attention.. Its great that your son is getting some relief. I have severe health issues and essential oils have also helped Glad the Aroma Sense Shower head is working for your family

  27. April Mims

    This looks like a great product for your son! I really like lavender too because of its calming effect. I could definitely use the help sleeping sometimes.

  28. Gina

    Learned so much aboutSpina Bifida. Thanks for sharing. I really don’t know much about aromatherapy, either, but I’d love to give it a try with a warm shower.

  29. Amanda Ripsam

    My daughter has a mild form of cerebral palsy and we do lavender lotion to rub her legs at night in fact in a half hour that’s what I am about to get up to do. Oils can have such a calming and relaxing sent if the sent agrees with the person. I know I really enjoy citrus cents and Bella loves lavender.

  30. Ana De- Jesus

    Having Spina Bifida is painful and while I have back, muscle and joint issues it does not come anyway near to the pain that people with CP or SB have. The aroma sense therapy sounds like a brilliant idea.

  31. R U S S

    I like lavender, too. Scents and a nice warm shower never fail to make me feel relaxed after a long day.

    I’m glad that this has been super helpful for your son.

  32. Jamela P

    I have been reading about the benefits of these lately, and it looks like it would be so helpful. It is going to be wonderful for your son.

  33. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I am happy that you were able to get the Aroma Sense shower head for your son Aloshua. I can imagine the relief this shower head provides while he is doing his stretches in the shower. He looks like he is having a fun time in the bath. I guess the lavender scent helps too!

  34. Mariana

    I’ve never used essential oils in my shower routine, but you’ve inspired me to try it out! I’d probably go for the eucalyptus. I love that smell!

  35. Glenda

    I’ve never met anyone with Spina-Bifida before but the Aroma sense therapy sure sounds like a great option to help stretch the muscles. Josh looks like he is enjoying his therapy!

  36. Azlin Bloor

    Aloshua is a darling and I bet he enjoys the oils. We do use pure essential oils quite a lot in the bathroom and all around the house. My favourite scents are lavender and frankincense.

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