The effect of combined therapy (spa and physical therapy) on pain in various chronic diseases

32Citations
Citations of this article
81Readers
Mendeley users who have this article in their library.

Abstract

Objective: Spa therapy is commonly used in the treatment of daily chronic diseases practice, but its benefits are still the subjects of discussion. This study investigates possible effects of a combined spa and physical therapy program on pain and hemodynamic responses in various chronic diseases. Methods: The pain intensity and hemodynamic responses of 472 patients involved in a spa and physical therapy program were studied retrospectively. Assessment criteria were pain [Visual Analog Scale (VAS)] and hemodynamic responses (heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate). Assessments took place before, immediately after treatment, and after completion of the spa program (before discharge). Results: The patients with ankle arthrosis, fibromyalgia and cervical disc herniation reported the highest VAS score before treatment program (P < 0.05). After the therapy program, VAS scores were seen to decrease compared to before treatment (P < 0.05). The patients with osteoarthritis of the hip (1.3 ± 1.2) and soft tissue rheumatism (1.3 ± 1.2) had the lowest VAS score before discharge compared to patients with other pathologies (P < 0.05). No statistically significant differences were detected between both sexes in terms of pain improvement (P > 0.05). On discharge, all hemodynamic responses decreased significantly compared to before and immediately after initiation of the therapy program (P < 0.01). Conclusion: To decrease pain and high blood pressure without hemodynamic risk, a combined of spa and physical therapy program may help to decrease pain and improve hemodynamic response in patients with irreversible pathologies. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Cite

CITATION STYLE

APA

Cimbiz, A., Bayazit, V., Hallaceli, H., & Cavlak, U. (2005). The effect of combined therapy (spa and physical therapy) on pain in various chronic diseases. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 13(4), 244–250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2005.08.004

Register to see more suggestions

Mendeley helps you to discover research relevant for your work.

Already have an account?

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free