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Julia Kälsch, Leona L Pott, Atsushi Takeda, Hideo Kumamoto, Dorothe Möllmann, Ali Canbay, Barbara Sitek, Hideo A Baba
Beneficial effects of balneotherapy using naturally occurring carbonated water (CO2 enriched) have been known since the Middle Ages. Although this therapy is clinically applied for peripheral artery disease and skin disorder, the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated.Under controlled conditions, rats were bathed in either CO2-enriched water (CO2 content 1200 mg/L) or tap water, both at 37 °C, for 10 min daily over 4 weeks. Proliferation activity was assessed by Ki67 immunohistochemistry of the epidermis of the abdomen...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
Gulis Kavadar, Demet Tekdos Demircioğlu, Halil Can, Tuluhan Yunus Emre, Erdinç Civelek, Abdulhalim Senyigit
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use has been increasing. OBJECTIVE: To identify the factors associated with perceived benefit from CAM methods in back problems. METHODS: The study was conducted on patients who practiced any CAM methods due to complaints of back pain. Social-demographic properties, details of CAM methods employed were questioned. Severity of pain was measured by visual analog scale (VAS); benefits were evaluated by the Likert scale...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
I A Shamov
Osgood-Schlatter disease is a specific disorder related to osteochondropathies that affects young subjects and is localized in the tuberositas tibiae. The disease frequently develops after injuries including loading ones. It is apparent as gradual swelling of the knee joint(s) that becomes painful. Pain increases during walking, lower limb flexion an extension or stair climbing but may die down at rest. Diagnostics is based on the clinical picture. Radiodiagnostic methods my be helpful but their efficacy is inferior to that of clinical examination...
2016: Klinicheskaia Meditsina
A Walencik-Łata, B Kozłowska, J Dorda, T A Przylibski
A survey was conducted to measure natural radioactivity in spa waters from the Kłodzko Valley. The main goal of this study was to determine the activity concentration of uranium, radium and radon isotopes in the investigated groundwaters. Samples were collected several times from 35 water intakes from 5 spas and 2 mineral water bottling plants. The authors examined whether the increased gamma radiation background, as well as the elevated values of radium and uranium content in reservoir rocks, have a significant impact on the natural radioactivity of these waters...
November 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Brittany L Vieira, Neil R Lim, Mary E Lohman, Peter A Lio
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative interventions are becoming increasingly utilized as adjuncts to conventional treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). While the number of studies continues to grow, the vastness of the subject coupled with the relatively poor quality and small size of the studies limit their usefulness to clinicians. PURPOSE: Our aim was to comprehensively review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of complementary and alternative therapies for AD...
July 7, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
H Blain, P L Bernard, G Canovas, N Raffort, H Desfour, L Soriteau, M Noguès, T Camuzat, J Mercier, A Dupeyron, I Quéré, I Laffont, C Hérisson, H Solimene, J Bousquet
Scaling up and replication of successful innovative integrated care models for chronic diseases is one of the targets of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). MACVIA-LR(®) (MAladies Chroniques pour un VIeillissement Actif en Languedoc-Roussillon) is a Reference Site of the EIP on AHA. The main objective of MACVIA-LR(®) is to develop innovative solutions in order to (1) improve the care of patients affected by chronic diseases, (2) reduce avoidable hospitalization and (3) scale up the innovation to regions of Europe...
July 5, 2016: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Csaba Kovács, Ágnes Bozsik, Mariann Pecze, Ildikó Borbély, Andrea Fogarasi, Lajos Kovács, Ildikó Katalin Tefner, Tamás Bender
The effects of balneotherapy were evaluated in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. This randomized, controlled, investigator-blinded study enrolled outpatients with hip osteoarthritis according to ACR criteria. In addition to home exercise therapy, one patient group received balneotherapy for 3 weeks on 15 occasions. The mineral water used in this study is one of the mineral waters with the highest sulfide ion content (13.2 mg/L) in Hungary. The control group received exercise therapy alone. The WOMAC Likert 3...
June 21, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
Mine Karagülle, Sinan Kardeş, Oğuz Karagülle, Rian Dişçi, Aslıhan Avcı, İlker Durak, Müfit Zeki Karagülle
Oxidative stress has been shown to play a contributory role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent studies have provided evidence for antioxidant properties of spa therapy. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether spa therapy with saline balneotherapy has any influence on the oxidant/antioxidant status in patients with RA and to assess clinical effects of spa therapy. In this investigator-blind randomized controlled trial, we randomly assigned 50 patients in a 1:1 ratio to spa therapy plus standard drug treatment (spa group) or standard drug treatment alone (control group)...
June 21, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
Bo-Kyung Kim, Minhwa Park, Ji-Yon Kim, Kyung-Ho Lee, So-Youn Woo
The pathogenesis of inflammatory skin diseases involves interactions between immune cells and keratinocytes, including the T helper 17 (Th17)-mediated immune response. Several chemokines [chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand (CXCL)1, CXCL5 and CXCL8] and antimicrobial peptides [β-defensin 1 (BD1), LL-37, S100A8 and S100A9] were transcriptionally upregulated in the keratinocyte cell line HaCaT upon stimulation with interleukin (IL)-17. Balneotherapy, the treatment of disease by bathing, is an alternative therapy that has frequently been used for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases...
August 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Nicola A Pascarelli, Sara Cheleschi, Giovanni Bacaro, Giacomo M Guidelli, Mauro Galeazzi, Antonella Fioravanti
BACKGROUND: Balneotherapy is one of the most commonly used non-pharmacological approaches for osteoarthritis (OA). Recent data indicate that some biomarkers could be useful to predict OA progression and to assess therapeutic response. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of mud-bath therapy on serum biomarkers in patients with knee OA. METHODS: The study group comprised 103 patients with primary symptomatic bilateral knee OA who were randomly assigned to receive a cycle of mud-bath therapy over a period of 2 weeks or to continue their standard therapy alone...
March 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Burhan Fatih Koçyiğit, Ali Gür, Özlem Altındağ, Ahmet Akyol, Savaş Gürsoy
OBJECTIVES: Fibromyalgia is a disease characterized by chronic, widespread pain. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment methods are used. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of balneotherapy on treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome, compared with education alone. METHODS: A total of 66 patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome were randomly separated into balneotherapy and control groups. Patients in both groups were informed about fibromyalgia syndrome...
April 2016: Aǧrı: Ağrı (Algoloji) Derneği'nin Yayın Organıdır, the Journal of the Turkish Society of Algology
I O Garnov, A V Kuchin, T P Loginova, N G Varlamova, E R Boiko
The baths with emulsified turpentine find the wide application in balneotherapy. They produce especially pronounced beneficial prophylactic effects in the patients presenting with microtrombosis and microvascular stasis. Moreover, these baths may be prescribed to improve microcirculation, increase the functional reserves and physical capacity in the athletes. At the same time, the current literature appears to contain no scientific publications on the application of emulsified turpentine baths for the restoration of the physical capacity of the professional ski runners...
March 2016: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
Esra A Semiz, Sami Hizmetli, Murat Semiz, Ahmet Karadağ, Merve Adalı, Mehmet S Tuncay, Bulent Alim, Emrullah Hayta, Ali U Uslu
OBJECTIVES: To investigated serum cortisol and serum dehydroepiandrosterone-sulphate (DHEA-S) levels between fibromyalgia (FMS) patients and a control group, and the effect of balneotherapy (BT) on these hormones.   METHODS: Seventy-two patients with FMS and 39 healthy volunteers were included in the study. This prospective and cross-sectional study was carried out in the Medical Faculty, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic, Cumhuriyet University, Cumhuriyet, Turkey between June 2012 and June 2013...
May 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Alessio Pedrazzini, Roberto Delsignore, Alessandra Martelli, Silvio Tocco, Enrico Vaienti, Francesco Ceccarelli, Francesco Pogliacomi
The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Centre of Madagascar can be found in the city of Antsirabe. The health care facility is equipped with 2 thermal sources of bicarbonate water used for post-operative rehabilitation and for the ailment of chronic degenerative illnesses. The aim of this study, which derives from the cooperation between the School of Specialization in Thermal Therapy of the University of Parma and Antsirabe Orthopaedic Hospital, is to analyze the real properties of thermal waters utilized in this centre and to do an overview of its possible applications in this particular African context...
2016: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Young Bok Lee, Su Jin Kim, Sae Mi Park, Kyung Ho Lee, Hyung Jin Han, Dong Soo Yu, So Youn Woo, Seong Taek Yun, Se-Yeong Hamm, Hong Jig Kim, Jin-Wou Kim
BACKGROUND: Although the therapeutic mechanism of balneotherapy for atopic dermatitis has not been clarified, many atopic patients who visit thermomineral springs have shown clinical improvements. OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to evaluate the immunomodulatory effect of thermomineral water balneotherapy on the atopic dermatitis murine model. METHODS: The oxazolone-induced atopic dermatitis murine model was used to evaluate the therapeutic effect of balneotherapy with Deokgu thermomineral water compared with distilled water...
April 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Lolita Rapolienė, Artūras Razbadauskas, Jonas Sąlyga, Arvydas Martinkėnas
Objective. To investigate the influence of high-salinity geothermal mineral water on stress and fatigue. Method. 180 seamen were randomized into three groups: geothermal (65), music (50), and control (65). The geothermal group was administered 108 g/L salinity geothermal water bath for 2 weeks five times a week. Primary outcome was effect on stress and fatigue. Secondary outcomes were the effect on cognitive function, mood, and pain. Results. The improvements after balneotherapy were a reduction in the number and intensity of stress-related symptoms, a reduction in pain and general, physical, and mental fatigue, and an improvement in stress-related symptoms management, mood, activation, motivation, and cognitive functions with effect size from 0...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
A N Razumov, M A Khan
This article is devoted to the topical problems of pediatric balneotherapy with special reference to the organization of the spa and health resort-based treatment of the children in the Russian Federation. The main issues discussed by the authors include the current state of health resort care for the children, the problem of statutory regulation of the activities of the children's spa and health resort facilities, the approaches to increasing the availability of the spa and health resort-based treatment for the children at the enhanced risk of the development of chronic diseases, disabilities, and tuberculosis...
January 2016: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
Marcelo Branco, Neiva N Rêgo, Paulo H Silva, Ingrid E Archanjo, Mirian C Ribeiro, Virgínia F Trevisani
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease associated with pain, reduced range of motion, and impaired function. Balneotherapy or bathing in thermal or mineral waters is used as a non-invasive treatment for various rheumatic diseases. AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of hot sulfurous and non-sulfurous waters in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. DESIGN: A randomized, assessor-blind, controlled trial. SETTING: A spa resort...
August 2016: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Engin Koyuncu, Burcu Metin Ökmen, Kağan Özkuk, Özlem Taşoğlu, Neşe Özgirgin
The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of balneotherapy (BT), which is applied in addition to physical therapy (PT), in the treatment of chronic neck pain. Sixty patients with chronic neck pain were divided into study (n = 30) and control (n = 30) groups. All of the patients in both groups were treated with a 15-session standard PT program consisting of hot pack, ultrasound, and transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Patients in the study group were also treated with a 15-session BT program lasting 20 min/day in addition to the standard PT program...
October 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
L S Khodasevich
The present literature review was designed to consider the toxic complications of hydrogen sulfide-based balneotherapy encountered in the spa and health resort practice that should actually be regarded as hydrogen sulfide intoxication taking into consideration that their severity depends on the route through which the toxicant enters the body, its concentration in the therapeutic bath, and the overall duration of balneotherapy. Although such complications rarely occur in everyday practice, they may constitute a threat to the patient's health which implies the necessity of adequate measures for their prevention...
September 2015: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
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