Spa therapy consists of alternative remedies to decrease pain and other problems related to osteoarthritic. These therapies include paraffin-ozokerite treatment, mud treatment, pearl bath, and underwater massage.
- Paraffin-ozokerite treatment - slab of paraffin-ozokerite which is gently wrapped locally around the affected limbs to provide a deep-heating effect upon bones and muscles
- Mud treatment - mud is applied to the whole body
- Pearl bath - air bubbles are gently passed through a warm bath of water to encourage muscle and joint relaxation with the water providing gentle massage
- Underwater massage - focused joint and muscle massage via a submerged water jet
This therapy will reduce pain, improve your sense of wellbeing and increase your quality of life. It potentially can lead to a decrease in use of pain medication.
It is shown with evidence that there are alternative ways to manage osteoarthritis symptoms than use normal pharmacological means. Guided imagery with relaxation, exercises, and spa therapy could be used together or separately to change the quality of life, ability to move freely, and many other aspects of your life that may be effected by osteoarthritis. Always consult with your physician before starting new therapies to promote the safest, most effective path to healing. Your local physician, occupational and physical therapists, and other health care workers in the community can be reached at any time with questions.
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