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Archive for the 'Hydrotherapy' Category

Dangers of colon cleansing

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Colon cleansing (aka colonic irrigation or colonic hydrotherapy) works like an enema. The patient lies on a table and up to 60 liters of water (with or without herbs) are pumped through the rectum. Fluids and waste are expelled through a tube. The procedure may be repeated several times.

Researchers at Georgetown University School of Medicine, in Washington, DC, reviewed its use. (more…)

Timing aquatic therapy after hip and knee replacement

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Schleswig-Holstein Medical Center, in Kiel, Germany, studied whether the timing of aquatic therapy influences clinical outcomes. (more…)

Review of CAM for fibromyalgia

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Most people suffering from fibromyalgia use a variety of complementary or alternative medicine treatments to manage their symptoms.

Prof. Ernst has updated his review of the CAM options from a year ago. (more…)

Comparing exercise programs in people with osteoarthritis

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Reduced aerobic capacity in people osteoarthritis of the lower limbs affects independence and the ability to perform everyday activities.

Researchers at Universidad de Extremadura, in Spain, reviewed exercise programs and the ability to perform activities require sustained aerobic metabolism. (more…)

Hydrotherapy promotes relaxation and less anxiety and pain in labor

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Researchers at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina, studied the response to hydrotherapy (immersion or bathing) in women in spontaneous labor. (more…)

Exercise? Yes, but which one for osteoarthritis?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

There’s a growing recognition of the importance of physical exercise to reduce pain in knee and hip joints.

Researchers at Universidad de Extremadura, in Spain, compared the effectiveness of exercise programs on pain in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis. (more…)

Water exercises following stroke

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Researchers in Germany reviewed the effects of water-based exercises on disability after stroke. (more…)

Balneotherapy for fibromyalgia

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Researchers at the Istanbul Medical Faculty, in Turkey, studied the effects of balneotherapy alone and with physical therapies on the respiratory and other symptoms of fibromyalgia. (more…)

Hydrotherapy + endurance training in elderly patients with heart failure

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

beating heartResearchers at IRCCS San Raffaele Roma, in Italy report the combination is better than endurance training alone. (more…)

Hydrotherapy for fibromyalgia: 2 reviews

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

 There’s evidence that hydrotherapy has short-term beneficial effects on pain and quality of life, according to reviewers at Technische Universität München, in Germany. (more…)

Effects of hydrotherapy in heart patients

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Regular exercise helps protect the heart. Yet, many elderly patients with heart failure find it difficult to exercise on land.

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden measured the effects of hydrotherapy (training in warm water) on heart function. (more…)

CAM and the chronic fatigue syndrome

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Medscape has published a review.

Here’s a summary of CAM options. (more…)

Quality of life in women with breast cancer receiving anthroposophic care

Monday, November 27th, 2006

There’s one hospital in Sweden where anthroposophic medicine is practiced. Here is a study of its effect in 60 women who received conventional breast cancer treatment with and without anthroposophic care.