Combined Spa-Exercise Therapy for Vital Sign, Body Composition, Skin Status in Participants of Middle-Aged Women: A Before and After Study

12주간의 온천요법 전후 갱년기 환자의 혈압, 맥박, 체성분, 피부 변화에 관한 임상연구

  • Kim, Myoung-Kyu (Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University) ;
  • Huh, Gun (Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University) ;
  • Nam, Dae-Jin (Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University) ;
  • Lee, Jae-Eun (Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University) ;
  • Kim, Ki-Hong (Department of Life Sports, Dankook University) ;
  • Lee, Jung-Min (Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University) ;
  • Oh, Min-Seok (Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation College of Korean Medicine, Dae-Jeon University)
  • 김명규 (대전대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 허건 (대전대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 남대진 (대전대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 이재은 (대전대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 김기홍 (단국대학교 생활체육학과) ;
  • 이정민 (대전대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실) ;
  • 오민석 (대전대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학교실)
  • Received : 2015.09.18
  • Accepted : 2015.10.06
  • Published : 2015.10.31


Objectives The aim of this clinical study was to find out the changes of vital sign, body composition, skin status before and after combined spa-exercise therapy in participants of middle-aged women. Methods In this study 24 participants of middle-aged women went through 12 weeks of combined spa-exercise therapy. Each week vital sign, body composition, skin status were measured before exercise, which consisted of warming-up, whole body exercise and final exercises bathing in spa ($32{\sim}36^{\circ}C$). Results 1. The average of systolic blood pressure significantly decreased from $126.38{\pm}19.33mmHg$ to $120.46{\pm}11.18mmHg$ after 11 weeks of spa-exercise therapy (p<0.05). 2. The average of moisture of skin significantly increased from $36.83{\pm}3.18$ to $44.21{\pm}7.43$ after 11 weeks of spa-exercise therapy (p<0.05). 3. The average of elasticity of skin significantly increased from $59.75{\pm}3.50$ to $62.63{\pm}2.29$ after 11 weeks of spa-exercise therapy (p<0.05). 4. The average of diastolic blood pressure, pulse, et cetera. didn't significantly change after spa-exercise therapy. Conclusions The results showed that 12 weeks of spa-exercise therapy had significant effect on reducing systolic blood pressure, increasing moisture, elasticity of skin in participants of middle-aged women, which means spa-exercise therapy may be used as a treatment on high blood pressure and cutaneous diseases. Further studies are anticipated to find out other various effects of spa-exercise therapy.


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