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A therapy recognized by the health authorities

Your HR cure

Rheumatology spa treatments are recognized by the health authorities for their ability to reduce chronic pain and increase muscle strength and joint flexibility.

Each rheumatology treatment is tailored to your specific needs. Combining the benefits of thermal spring water with specially adapted treatment programs, prescribed by spa doctors, relieves joint pain and improves mobility.

Whether it’s a contractual (18 days) or voluntary (5 days or more) treatment, your rheumatology spa treatment takes place in the same way every day: it lasts around 1h30 and includes 4 spa treatments.

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Book your spa treatment with Les Thermes de Cambo-les-Bains on +33 (0)5 59 29 02 00 or by e-mail

What is treated in rheumatology?

The rheumatology cure is a comprehensive therapeutic approach designed to relieve and improve symptoms associated with rheumatic conditions.

Here’s an overview of the pathologies treated during a rheumatology cure

  • Osteoarthritis,
  • Inflammatory degenerative rheumatism,
  • Lumbago,
  • Musculoskeletal disorders,
  • Sciatica,
  • Tendonitis,
  • Rheumatoid arthritis,
  • Ankylosing spondylitis,
  • After-effects of trauma or surgery,
  • Chronic tendon inflammation,
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome,
  • Joint stiffness.

Thermal treatments in rheumatology

Individual bath in running water or medicinal pool

The bath is taken in an individual bathtub or in a medicinal pool. This practice creates significant subcutaneous vasodilation, enabling the skin to absorb the active ingredients in the thermal water.

Local mud bath

The local mud bath for the lower limbs (ankles/knees), or pedifoulage, is intended for rehabilitative purposes. For 10 minutes, you are invited to perform various movements, mobilizing the muscles and joints of your legs and ankles. Finally, the local hand mud bath, or manuboue, also works to re-educate your hands and make them more supple. Here you are invited to use the different textures and temperatures of the mud to perform movements.

General mud bath

The general mud bath is a basin filled with clay (kaolin) mixed with warm thermal water (36°C). The high density of the blend places your body naturally in a state of weightlessness, freeing your joints and muscles. A very relaxing treatment.

Clay poultices

A set of montmorillonite “cushions”, mixed with thermal spring water and heated to the ideal temperature of 50°C, is applied along your spine and around your neck, for 10 minutes. The gentle heat and its inertia provide intense relaxation of all the muscle groups in the back, especially the deep, hard-to-reach muscles (rhomboids, serratus, scalene, spinous, iliocostal), soothing your aches and pains. This treatment is ideal for preparing your back for muscular and joint rehabilitation.

Drinking cure

The internal effects of the drinking cure are a basic element of the spa treatment, thanks to the physico-chemical composition of the mineral waters and their trace elements in particular. Spa guests must scrupulously comply with the spa doctor’s prescriptions, which specify how much to take and when.

Jet or multi-jet general shower

Using a jet of thermal water under modulated pressure, directed by the thermal therapist onto the areas of the body indicated by the doctor, it produces a percussive and vibratory effect on muscle masses. It is a powerful stimulant, with a tonic circulatory effect, alternating with nervous relaxation.

Local hand and/or foot shower

Targeting either ankles/knees or wrists/hands, this sequential shower acts as a highly rhythmic massage of painful areas, with dozens of nozzles projecting high-pressure thermal water. The aim is to stimulate muscles, tendons and ligaments to relieve pain, and relax periarticular muscles.

Immersion shower in a medicinal pool

Immersed for 10 minutes in a pool of thermal water, you are placed in front of a ramp of high-pressure underwater jets. An ascending sequence of jets is projected onto your back, “massaging” the muscle masses on either side of the spine, all the way up to the coccyx. This treatment targets the large “superficial” muscles (upper and lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi, thoracolumbar fascia).

Penetrating thermal shower

Positioned on your stomach, a shower of fine, powerful jets sweeps over your entire back, from the nape of your neck to your buttocks. The aim here is to relax the superficial muscles (trapezius, dorsalis, buttocks) and fascias. The slow, repetitive rhythm of the shower promotes pain sedation and a general state of psychic well-being (altered alertness akin to hypnosis).

High-pressure shower under immersion in a swimming pool

This spa practice is a high-pressure variant of the immersion shower.


This collective treatment takes place in a closed room where hot thermal water is sprayed.


Thermal steam bath.

Active pool

Under the guidance of a D.E. adapted physical activity instructor, you perform a 15-minute sequence of rehabilitation movements designed to increase joint mobility and periarticular muscle strength. This re-education program evolves throughout the week and works on several areas of the body.

Choose the formula best suited to your condition

  • 18-day spa treatment
  • 5 to 18-day free cure

Did you know?

You can treat your rheumatic ailments or your respiratory tract at the same time with the dual orientation.

Objectives of a rheumatology cure

A rheumatological spa cure at Cambo-les-Bains aims to achieve several essential objectives to improve the health and well-being of curists suffering from rheumatic disorders:

Relieve aches and pains

Spa treatments are designed to alleviate the joint and muscle pain associated with rheumatic conditions. The anti-inflammatory properties of thermal waters can contribute significantly to pain reduction.

Improved mobility

By promoting muscle relaxation and reducing inflammation, spa treatments aim to improve joint mobility, enabling a better quality of life on a daily basis.

Reduced inflammation

The mineral-rich thermal waters of Cambo-les-Bains have recognized anti-inflammatory properties. Spa treatment targets the inflammation associated with rheumatic diseases to reduce discomfort and stiffness.

Strengthening muscles

Specific care programs can be put in place to strengthen the surrounding muscles, contributing to joint stability and preventing degradation.

Improved quality of life

The ultimate goal is to improve the overall quality of life of people suffering from rheumatic disorders. This includes the possibility of leading a more active daily life, less limited by pain.

Recurrence prevention

By incorporating preventive approaches, spa treatments aim to reduce the risk of relapse and promote long-term management of rheumatic conditions.

Education and awareness

Cure programs often include educational sessions to help curists better understand their condition and adopt health-promoting behaviors.

Practical information

Book your spa treatment with Les Thermes de Cambo-les-Bains on +33 (0)5 59 29 02 00 or by e-mail