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Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single spa therapy. So, this section "spotlights" just five, providing a taste of the research available. They have not been selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the far more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • A Japanese university’s review of the randomized controlled trials concludes that aquatic exercise has a significant short-term effect on locomotor diseases (i.e., arthritis, lower back pain, etc.) - but hydrotherapy’s effectiveness in curing disease remains unclear.
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  • An Erasmus University (Netherlands) review of 7 randomized controlled trials (498 patients) concluded that mineral baths improve pain and quality of life for osteoarthritis sufferers.
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  • A University of Ulster (Ireland) review of 10 randomized controlled trials concluded strong evidence exists for hydrotherapy usage in managing fibromyalgia (FMS).
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  • A Laboratoires Dermatologiques Avène 8-year observational study (14,328 patients) found 3 weeks of hydrotherapy significantly decreased atopic dermatitis and psoriasis severity.
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  • Clinical Research Centre’s (France) large randomized trial showed a 3-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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