A pilot study to evaluate the effects of floatation spa treatment on patients with osteoarthritis

Complement Ther Med. 1999 Dec;7(4):235-8. doi: 10.1016/s0965-2299(99)80008-9.


Objective: To conduct a preliminary investigation of the effects on floatation spa therapy on quality of life in patients with osteoarthritis to see if controlled trials are warranted.

Design: Uncontrolled clinical trial.

Setting: Private floatation spa therapy centre.

Patients: Fourteen patients with chronic osteoarthritis of the weight-bearing joints, of whom four dropped out.

Intervention: Six weekly sessions of floatation spa therapy.

Outcome measures: SF36, AIMS2 and MYMOP quality-of-life questionnaires.

Main results: All patients improved. Differences between baseline and discharge scores showed statistically significant improvement for MYMOP, but not AIMS2 or SF-36.

Conclusions: Controlled trials of floatation spa therapy for patients with osteoarthritis are warranted.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Balneology*
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / therapy*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life