Radon heat therapy can relieve pain associated with osteoporosis and stimulate bone growth
Osteoporosis is the most common skeletal disease and affects around eight million people in Germany and Austria alone. Particularly tricky: the so-called bone loss often develops unnoticed. Severe low back pain - often accompanied by broken bones that occur for no apparent reason and with minimal stress - usually indicates an advanced stage. Many sufferers then no longer trust even the smallest movements and live in constant fear of falls. With fatal consequences: For example, a moderate sports program contributes to important muscle building. Strong muscles in turn support diseased bones and protect them from the feared fractures. To relieve pain and thus enable movement again, painkillers are usually not the first choice due to their side effects. An alternative is the so-called radon heat therapy, which relieves pain in a natural way and has a positive effect on the bone structure.
New studies also confirm radon heat therapy to relieve pain associated with osteoporosis. Their therapeutic effects are based on a combination of three factors: heat, high air humidity and radon. "This is how radon releases mild alpha rays in the body, which stimulate the body's own cell repair mechanisms and significantly reduce the activity of inflammatory cells and pain relievers," explains PD Dr. Bertram Hölzl, radon expert and medical director of the Gasteiner Heilstollen. This pain-relieving effect is reinforced by the climate in which radon therapy takes place. Temperatures above 37.5 degrees and high humidity above 70 percent lead to the so-called hyperthermia effect, a desired therapeutic fever. This stimulates the blood circulation and relaxes pain-stricken muscles. Patients also report that their mobility, posture and coordination improve in the long term after radon heat therapy and functional restrictions decrease. "In osteoporosis patients, the pain-relieving effect lasts for around 9 months on average," says Dr. Hölzl from the accompanying scientific studies. "In addition, radon heat therapy has been shown to activate a body's own substance, which we know has a positive effect on bone metabolism in osteoporosis." Although these effects do not cure the disease, they usually slow down the rapid progress. Health insurance companies often cover about 90 percent of the therapy costs.
These effects enable osteoporosis patients to use the important exercise programs again. Consistent gymnastics, fall prophylaxis and mild sports therapy for gentle muscle building improve long-term mobility and coordination skills and reduce functional restrictions. It is not uncommon for patients to miss surgery, such as a joint replacement. (pm)