Analysis of effects of aroma foot care using functional near-infrared spectroscopy

Kaoru Eto, Atsuko K. Yamazaki, Minoru Mukuda, Yasuo Kabasawa, Hiroko Yoshida, Kiyomi Ito, Michie Ogiwara

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Foot care is attracting attention as a medically effective treatment of the foot lesions caused by diabetes or aging. In this study, we experimentally examined how aromatherapy affects the functions of the human brain during foot care by using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Four female subjects received foot care massages and aroma oil massages. We analyzed the changes in their oxygenated hemoglobin (oxy-Hb) concentrations based on their brain activity by t-tests, and the t-test results showed significant differences between the foot and aroma oil massages. Our questionnaire results obtained from our subjects showed that they felt more comfortable and relaxed while receiving foot care with aroma oils. These results suggest that aroma oil massages are an effective foot care tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1539-1546
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2014 - Gdynia, Poland
Duration: 2014 Sept 152014 Sept 17


  • Aroma oil massage
  • Foot care
  • Function near-infrared spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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