Electricity was often used in addition to thermal treatments, and was thought to increase blood flow to limbs and ease joint stiffness. The exact purpose of the alarming treatment shown here is unclear, but it appears to involve an electric current. Spas were as much pseudo-medical clinics as they were tourist facilities.
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