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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936572/spa-therapy-balneotherapy-relieves-mental-stress-sleep-disorder-and-general-health-problems-in-sub-healthy-people
#1
Bei Yang, Qi-Zhong Qin, Ling-Li Han, Jing Lin, Yu Chen
To investigate the relieving effects of hot spring balneotherapy on mental stress, sleep disorder, general health problems, and women's health problems in sub-healthy people, we recruited 500 volunteers in sub-health in Chongqing, and 362 volunteers completed the project, including 223 in the intervention group and 139 in the control group. The intervention group underwent hot spring balneotherapy for 5 months, while the control group did not. The two groups took questionnaire investigation (general data, mental stress, emotional status, sleep quality, general health problems, as well as some women's health problems) and physical examination (height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood lipid, blood sugar) 5 months before and after the intervention, respectively...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931990/effect-of-a-21-day-balneotherapy-program-on-blood-cell-counts-ponogen-levels-and-blood-biochemical-indexes-in-servicemen-in-sub-health-condition
#2
Li Xu, Lin Wu, Tingting Liu, Wenrong Xing, Xinsheng Cao, Shu Zhang, Zongyi Su
[Purpose] The aim of our study was to explore the changes in the blood of servicemen in sub-health conditions during a 21-day balneotherapy program. [Subjects and Methods] For this study, 129 servicemen in sub-health condition were recruited. The subjects were randomly divided into either the balneotherapy group (70) or the control group (59). Subjects in the balneotherapy group received whole-body immersion bath therapy in thermomineral water (30 min daily) for 21 days. Their blood samples were examined 1 day before and after balneotherapy...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884308/spa-therapy-adjunct-to-pharmacotherapy-is-beneficial-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-crossover-randomized-controlled-trial
#3
Mine Karagülle, Sinan Kardeş, Rian Dişçi, Müfit Zeki Karagülle
This study aims to investigate whether 2-week spa therapy, as an adjunct to usual pharmacological therapy, has any beneficial effect in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this single-blind crossover study, 50 patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1 manner to receive usual pharmacological therapy plus 2-week spa therapy or usual pharmacological therapy alone (period 1.6 months); after a 9-month washout, patients were crossed over to the opposite assignment (period 2.6 months). Spa therapy program included a daily saline balneotherapy session at 36-37 °C for 20 min except Sundays...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840638/combining-walking-and-relaxation-for-stress-reduction-a-randomized-cross-over-trial-in-healthy-adults
#4
Franziska Matzer, Eva Nagele, Nikolaus Lerch, Christian Vajda, Christian Fazekas
Both physical activity and relaxation have stress-relieving potential. This study investigates their combined impact on the relaxation response while considering participants' initial stress level. In a randomized cross-over trial, 81 healthy adults completed 4 types of short-term interventions for stress reduction, each lasting for 1 hr: (1) physical activity (walking) combined with resting, (2) walking combined with balneotherapy, (3) combined resting and balneotherapy, and (4) resting only. Saliva cortisol, blood pressure, state of mood, and relaxation were measured preintervention and postintervention...
August 25, 2017: Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646803/effects-of-balneotherapy-on-serum-levels-of-shingosine-1-phosphate-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis
#5
Esra Aycan Ustyol, Fatih Karaarslan, Seldag Bekpinar, Kagan Ozkuk, Nergis Erdogan
Context • Balneotherapy is one of the most commonly used nonpharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis (OA), but its mechanism of action in relieving pain and stiffness and in improving physical function is not well understood. Studies have found that therapy provokes a series of neuroendocrinal reactions with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive lipid, has been implicated as an important mediator in the maintenance of physiological processes (eg, vascular barrier integrity) and in pathophysiologic processes such as inflammatory conditions...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634659/effects-of-single-moor-baths-on-physiological-stress-response-and-psychological-state-a-pilot-study
#6
M Stier-Jarmer, D Frisch, C Oberhauser, G Immich, M Kirschneck, A Schuh
Moor mud applications in the form of packs and baths are widely used therapeutically as part of balneotherapy. They are commonly given as therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, with their thermo-physical effects being furthest studied. Moor baths are one of the key therapeutic elements in our recently developed and evaluated 3-week prevention program for subjects with high stress level and increased risk of developing a burnout syndrome. An embedded pilot study add-on to this core project was carried out to assess the relaxing effect of a single moor bath...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471579/balneotherapy-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-control-trial
#7
Isabel Santos, Pedro Cantista, Carlos Vasconcelos, João Amado
BACKGROUND: The effects of balneotherapy on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are still controversial partly due to poor methodology used in randomized controlled trials, as reported in the international medical literature. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether spa therapy plus pharmacological treatment offers any benefit in the management of RA as compared to pharmacological treatment alone. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, controlled, unblinded randomly assigned study of patients with RA according to American College of Rheumatology criteria...
August 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374734/-the-isolation-of-organic-compounds-from-hydrosulfuric-mineral-waters-with-the-use-of-the-extractive-freezing-out-technique-with-centrifugation
#8
V N Bekhterev, E A Kabina
The mineral waters, enriched with organic substances find extensive application in balneotherapy. The fast and efficient methods for the identification and quantitative measurement of organic compounds (in the first place, organic acids) in such waters need to be developed for the estimation of their quality and biological activity. AIM: The objective of the present study was to elaborate a gas chromatographic method for the determination of monobasic carbonic acids in sulfide-containing mineral waters by means of extractive freezing-out in combination with the application of the centrifugal forces for the elucidation of the metrological characteristics of the compounds of interest...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374725/-the-spa-and-health-resort-based-treatment-of-the-women-of-various-employments-presenting-with-arterial-hypertension
#9
E L Apsheva, A A El'garov, M A Kalmykova, M A El'garov
AIM: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of balneotherapy for the women of various employments presenting with arterial hypertension. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 57 women with stage I (n=29) and II (n=28) hypertension. One study group was comprised of 28 female motor drivers including taxi-drivers (n=12), personal car drivers (n=7), and trolleybus drivers (n=9) at the mean age of 46,2±6,9 years suffering from occupational emotional stress (OES) and systematic psychoemotional tension (PET)...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370534/topical-treatment-of-psoriasis-questionnaire-results-on-topical-therapy-accessibility-and-influence-of-body-surface-area-on-usage
#10
L Iversen, M M Lange, R Bissonette, A V E Carvalho, P C van de Kerkhof, B Kirby, C E Kleyn, C W Lynde, J M van der Walt, J J Wu
BACKGROUND: Topical treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis is first-line treatment and exhibits varying degrees of success across patient groups. Key factors influencing treatment success are physician topical treatment choice (high efficacy, low adverse events) and strict patient adherence. Currently, no formalized, international consensus guidelines exist to direct optimal topical treatment, although many countries have national guidelines. OBJECTIVE: To describe and analyse cross-regional variations in the use and access of psoriasis topical therapies...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303358/the-effect-of-balneotherapy-on-pain-relief-stiffness-and-physical-function-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-a-meta-analysis
#11
Hiromi Matsumoto, Hiroshi Hagino, Kunihiko Hayashi, Yuki Ideno, Takashi Wada, Toru Ogata, Masami Akai, Atsushi Seichi, Tsutomu Iwaya
This meta-analysis was performed to determine the effect of balneotherapy on relieving pain and stiffness and improving physical function, compared to controls, among patients with knee osteoarthritis. We searched electronic databases for eligible studies published from 2004 to December 31, 2016, with language restrictions of English or Japanese. We screened publications in Medline, Embase, Cochrane library, and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society Database using two approaches, MeSH terms and free words. Studies that examined the effect of balneotherapy for treating knee osteoarthritis of a ≥2-week duration were included...
August 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214187/microbiological-analysis-antimicrobial-activity-and-heavy-metals-content-of-jordanian-ma-in-hot-springs-water
#12
Muhamad Ali K Shakhatreh, Jacob H Jacob, Emad I Hussein, Majed M Masadeh, Safwan M Obeidat, Abdul-Salam F Juhmani, Mutaz A Abd Al-Razaq
Ma'in hot springs are known as sites of balneotherapy. However, little is known about their microbiology and chemistry. In this study, we aim at evaluating the antimicrobial activity of Ma'in hot-springs water (MHSW), studying its microbiology, and determining its physicochemical properties including the heavy metals content. Therefore, water samples were collected from Ma'in hot springs and tested for antimicrobial activity using agar diffusion method. Water was then cultivated on nutrient agar to isolate and identify the dominant bacteria by chemical and molecular methods...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081312/the-effects-of-balneotherapy-on-acute-process-related-and-cumulative-peripheral-cardiac-responses-and-pulmonary-functions-in-patients-with-musculoskeletal-disorders
#13
Senem Şaş, Şeyda Toprak Çelenay, Derya Özer Kaya
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of balneotherapy on acute, process-related, and cumulative peripheral cardiac responses and pulmonary functions in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-eight patients with musculoskeletal disorders referred to physiotherapy with balneotherapy were recruited. The patients received balneotherapy for 20 min 5 times per week for 2 weeks. Blood pressure and pulse were measured at the 0th, 5th, 10th, 20th, and 30th minutes during the 1st and 10th sessions...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011998/can-balneotherapy-improve-the-bowel-motility-in-chronically-constipated-middle-aged-and-elderly-patients
#14
Taner Dandinoglu, Ozgur Dandin, Tuncer Ergin, Deniz Tihan, Yasam Kemal Akpak, Oguz Ugur Aydın, Uygar Teomete
Balneotherapy or spa therapy is usually known for different application forms of medicinal waters and its effects on the human body. Our purpose is to demonstrate the effect of balneotherapy on gastrointestinal motility. A total of 35 patients who were treated for osteoarthritis with balneotherapy from November 2013 through March 2015 at our hospital had a consultation at the general surgery for constipation and defecation disorders. Patients followed by constipation scores, short-form health survey (SF-12), and a colonic transit time (CTT) study before and after balneotherapy were included in this study, and the data of the patients were analyzed retrospectively...
December 23, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956923/balneotherapy-together-with-a-psychoeducation-program-for-benzodiazepine-withdrawal-a-feasibility-study
#15
P De Maricourt, P Gorwood, Th Hergueta, A Galinowski, R Salamon, A Diallo, C Vaugeois, J P Lépine, J P Olié, O Dubois
Benzodiazepines should be prescribed on a short-term basis, but a significant proportion of patients (%) use them for more than 6 months, constituting a serious public health issue. Indeed, few strategies are effective in helping patients to discontinue long-term benzodiazepine treatments. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and the impact of a program including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoeducation, and balneotherapy in a spa resort to facilitate long-term discontinuation of benzodiazepines...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913962/bathing-and-associated-treatments-in-atopic-dermatitis
#16
REVIEW
Julia K Gittler, Jason F Wang, Seth J Orlow
Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common complaints presenting to dermatologists, and patients typically inquire as to appropriate bathing recommendations. Although many dermatologists, allergists, and primary-care practitioners provide explicit bathing instructions, recommendations regarding frequency of bathing, duration of bathing, and timing related to emollient and medication application relative to bathing vary widely. Conflicting and vague guidelines stem from knowledge related to the disparate effects of water on skin, as well as a dearth of studies, especially randomized controlled trials, evaluating the effects of water and bathing on the skin of patients with atopic dermatitis...
February 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27709349/bathing-in-carbon-dioxide-enriched-water-alters-protein-expression-in-keratinocytes-of-skin-tissue-in-rats
#17
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...
April 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689602/the-clinical-factors-associated-with-benefit-finding-of-complementary-medicine-use-in-patients-with-back-pain-a-cross-sectional-study-with-cluster-analysis
#18
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...
2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27459765/-osgood-schlatter-disease
#19
REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27432727/the-detailed-analysis-of-natural-radionuclides-dissolved-in-spa-waters-of-the-k%C3%A5-odzko-valley-sudety-mountains-poland
#20
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
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