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Thermal waters: the return to grace

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Cures, simple care for well-being? Not at all. Recent studies demonstrate the effectiveness of a medicine that knows how to take the time.

Marie-Laurence Grézaud

"Take the waters." This little phrase used by our parents or grandparents to signify that they were going to cure their "" pains "- better known now as osteoarthritis, asthma, venous insufficiency ... - took lead in the Since 2003, hydrotherapy has had to account for the medical service provided, that is to say, prove its effectiveness in terms of strict evaluation criteria. As a result, others have played the game of clinical studies and they have done well, which not only confirms the therapeutic interest of thermal waters, but also demonstrate that this alternative medicine costs patients and taxpayers less than just because the time of the cure is also a time to get to know his illness, to spot the signs, to discover the good gestures that will allow, to return hez himself, better manage his health. So many consultations in less! A nice return to grace, no offense to the critics, who saw there that a "patamédecine" for the use of the healthy.

Skin problem: an immediate appeasement

Psoriasis, burns, cutaneous consequences of cancer treatments ..., skin problems affect adults as well as children. "From the first days of treatment, pruritus dermatitis or severe eczema decreases, as well as itching, "says Marie-Ange Martincic, director of the spa center of Avene. Immersion baths soften thickened skin, jet showers remove dander and dead skin cells. If the skin is very dry, poultices of moisturizer envelop the patient. In addition to care, workshops teach nurses not to scratch or apply makeup, understand that these diseases are multifactorial, and that allergies and stress increase the problem. "For ten years, neither topical treatments nor Oral medications have had no effect on my severe atopic dermatitis, says Delphine, 39. Three weeks of treatment have given me six months of rest A second cure will give me nine, the third, I hope , a complete cure. "

Cures : Avène spa (avenecenter.com), La Roche-Posay thermal baths (www. thermes-larocheposay. fr).

Overweight: lasting lightening

Jet showers, water affusion massages, aerobics, baths with running water, penetrating showers, water aerobics, massages ... activate the circulation."The water allows to reconnect with his body diagram, we dare more easily touch the limits of his body," says Nathalie Negro, dietician in Brides-les-Bains. Freed from gravity, the joints are spared, the body works better, which in the process enhances self-esteem.

"From the first contact with the water, I am reconciled with my body," says Isabelle, 46, overweight since the age of 11 years. She combined strict diets, inspired for most of the nutritional wanderings of the 1970s, to reach one hundred and twenty-four pounds. Since last summer, a therapeutic education program validated by the Regional Health Agency engages curists to change their lifestyle. "The composition of meals, gestures that help - get up, lie down, make movements without being hurt - the importance of moving, but also to reconnect with the pleasure of eating, better manage compulsions and take the step of a psychological consultation ... I learned a lot in parallel of the cure ", confirms Isabelle who lost 15 kilograms in three months and continues to receive follow-up in order to achieve her "health weight" goal.

And it works! The MaâThermes study (funded by the French Association for Thermal Research, 2012) has shown that a three-week treatment, involving a lifestyle modification, was more effective than medical care by a doctor or taking of a medicine. The overall weight loss was five kilos for all patients after fourteen months, while it is only five hundred grams with nutritional assistance in the city. However, it should be known that a reduction of 5% of the weight allows a decrease in "morbi-mortality".

Cures: Baths of Aix-les-Bains (valvital, fr), Thermal chain of Amelie-les-Bains (chainethermale.fr).

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