Radon and heat make cross problems subside for months
The back - a complex structure made up of 24 vertebrae, more than 300 muscles and 600 tendons. Accordingly, there are numerous painful complaints of all kinds. In times of sedentary work, pain in the backbone is making life more and more difficult for people of all ages. Often, the pain even radiates into the legs or arms, restricts the ability to move and strikes the mind in the long run. To make matters worse, there are often sleepless nights and stomach problems due to constant pain medication. Since conventional therapies do not permanently dispel the torment of many, alternative methods are becoming increasingly important. So-called radon heat therapy promises lasting pain relief and positive effects on mobility.
As the name suggests, the success of this form of treatment is based on a combination of the natural active factors radon and heat. "When absorbed through the skin and lungs, radon inhibits the production of inflammation and pain messengers and stimulates the body's own repair mechanisms," explains Univ.-Doz. Dr. Bertram Hölzl, radon expert and medical director of the Gasteiner Heilstollen. However, the full health benefits of the noble gas only develop in conjunction with heat and high air humidity, which put the body in a slightly overheated state and make it particularly receptive to radon. Last but not least, the long-known beneficial effects of heat come into play: it widens the blood vessels and promotes blood circulation. As a result, the muscles relax, which in turn frees the nerve pathways from painful pressure stimuli.
"The majority of patients with chronic back problems report long-lasting pain relief and significant improvement in mobility after radon heat therapy," says Dr. Hölzl from accompanying scientific studies. Many therefore take a corresponding cure 1-2 times a year and can then do without medication for months. Every year thousands of people drive into the healing tunnels for this. Because radon heat therapy is a gentle alternative to medications that often cause serious side effects when used continuously, health insurance companies usually cover about 90 percent of the therapy costs. Even patients with rheumatic complaints, other diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory tract and the skin benefit from the therapeutic effectiveness of radon and heat on the organism. (pm)