2006 Volume 11 Issue 3 Pages 234-242
This study aims to investigate the actual situation of thermotherapy, by adult women who attend to an A thermotherapy clinic, and their awareness. The subjects were 98 women, and a questionnaire including the actual use of thermotherapy and Japanese version of Health Locus of Control (JHLC) scales was used. The average age of the subjects was 48.9±12.0 years old, and more than 50% of them had clinical history. They were suffering from some symptoms such as aches and pain, stiffness, or felling of cold. In their scores of JHLC, the score of IHLC was highest, followed by that of FHLC in every generation. They used thermotherapy to reduce such symptoms or diseases, or maintain or improve their health. As the changes after thermotherapy, they answered with positive aspects by mentioning to have recovered from such symptoms or diseases, etc. From the above results, it was suggested that the subjects were not only looking for the therapies in medical institutes but also for their own way of therapies, indicating that they had positive and independent consciousness in their treatment to act with help of their families or friends.