I could have put this topic under depression or pain management, but since my massage therapist is responsible for introducing me to aromatherapy, I thought this might be the best forum.
I have found that some oils in the massage lotions did make my upper back and neck feel better, and did some research to find what works for muscle relaxation, depression, anxiety...all the things that go a long with chronic pain. What works for one might not work for anothers, but since it is something so simple I thought I would share.
Since I started, I found my pain management office and psychologist, encourage it, as a form of healing. I was told that anything that can bring relaxing thoughts to the mind through our senses, can calm nerves and distract us from pain: Soothing music, visualization of peaceful places, comfort food, and pleasant smells. Some of the oils have been used in cultures for thousands of years for their helaing properties.
Do research first, because I think there are plenty of "snake oil" sales people out there still. Hope you find it helps you also.