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Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • Hydrotherapies Can Reduce Pain in Fibromyalgia Sufferers
    In a systematic review (2014, University of Freiburg) of randomized controlled trials on balneotherapy’s and hydrotherapy’s efficacy in managing fibromyalgia, both therapies showed either moderate to strong evidence for pain reduction and in improving health-related quality of life. Larger studies needed.
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  • Italy Study Points to Across-the-Board Improvements with Hydrotherapy
    A large, observational NAIADE study (Italy, 2008, of 23,680 users of 297 hydrothermal spas) found that for seven of the eight subgroups treated (rheumatic, respiratory, dermatologic, gynaecologic, otorhynologic, urinary, vascular and gastroenteric), the hydrotherapy users reported a reduction in hospitalizations, sick days and pharmacological drug use.
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  • Reduced Pain for Osteoarthritis Patients Using Mineral Baths
    An Erasmus University (Netherlands) review of seven randomized controlled trials (498 patients) concluded that mineral baths improved pain and quality of life for osteoarthritis sufferers.
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  • Turkey Study: Balneotherapy in Tandem with Physical Therapy Improves Outcomes
    A small 2014 trial by the Ankara (Turkey) Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital on the effectiveness of balneotherapy plus physical therapy (versus only physical therapy) in patients with chronic low back pain, found that improvements in pain, functionality and quality of life scores were superior in the balneotherapy plus physical therapy group.
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  • Adding Hydrotherapy to Exercise and Pharma Helps Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers
    Clinical Research Centre’s (France) large randomized trial showed a three-week course of spa hydrotherapy, exercise, and the usual pharmacological treatments provides greater benefit to knee osteoarthritis patients, when compared to exercise and drug treatment alone.
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