Healing climate inside the mountain inhibits pain and inflammation in arthritis
Tormenting pain in various joints, which intensify after sleep or disturb sleep, speak for rheumatoid arthritis - one of the most serious joint diseases. Usually both hands, shoulders, knees or feet hurt symmetrically. Swelling, fatigue, or mild fever are associated symptoms. In Germany alone, around 800,000 people suffer from this chronic inflammation of the joints, women three times as often as men. The first relapses often begin between the ages of 35 and 45. Pain-relieving medications often cause serious side effects and usually only improve for a short time. Radon heat therapy, on the other hand, not only relieves pain sustainably, but according to current studies also has a positive effect on inflammation and immune events, i.e. precisely the levels that are considered the cause of arthritis.
The noble gas radon present in the earth's crust has been shown to reduce the activity of inflammatory cells and inhibit the production of pain mediators. In combination with heat and high air humidity, these effects are even intensified. After radon heat therapy, many patients report significant pain relief that lasts up to 9 months and can often do without medication altogether. "Lowering the dose plays an important role, especially for those affected by arthritis, since taking so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs often results in serious side effects such as changes in the stomach lining and bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract," explains Univ.-Doz. Dr. Bertram Hölzl, radon expert and medical director of the Gasteiner Heilstollen. "Less pain and fewer side effects mean an improvement in the quality of life for those affected in two ways." Recent studies even suggest that radon heat therapy is not only a purely symptomatic pain therapy, but can also trigger stabilization in autoimmune diseases such as arthritis via the cytokine metabolism . "Many patients also report a significant improvement in joint complaints with regard to functional restrictions," emphasizes Dr. Hölzl.
Radon heat therapy is particularly suitable for treating diseases of the rheumatic type, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory tract and the skin. The climate prevailing in the interior of the mountain consists of a natural radon concentration, temperatures above 37 degrees and a humidity between 70 and 100 percent. Under these conditions, the body's core temperature rises, the organism absorbs radon better and benefits even more from its healing power. Health insurance companies often cover about 90 percent of the therapy costs. Otherwise, for example, an application in the Gastein healing tunnel costs around 60 euros. (pm)