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Treatment and rehabilitation at the leading resorts in Europe

In the world there are hundreds of resorts specializing in almost all types of diseases. But there really are not so many really strong treatment resorts. In this article, the famous balneologist Vladislav Burya from sanatoriums.com will tell you how to choose the right spa for treatment.

Treatment at the leading resorts in Europe

If you plan to go to spa treatment in Europe, you will have to choose one of 2 types of resorts: narrow-profile or multi-profile. Narrow-profile have one, maximum two specializations. For example, the classic narrow-profile resort is Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia, where the gastrointestinal tract is treated. Or Podebrady in the Czech Republic, where they treat diseases of the cardiovascular system.

Resorts of the second group include regions whose therapeutic factors make it possible to combat diseases of a wide spectrum. These include, for example, Druskininkai in Lithuania, Jurmala in Latvia, Essentuki in Russia, Marianske Lazne in the Czech Republic.

Treatment and rehabilitation at the leading resorts in Europe The choice of a resort depends entirely on what diseases you want to treat at this stage. Balneologists advise to treat one disease in a single point per trip, since it is more effective than treating several at once. More useful is the daily passage of several procedures aimed at one disease than an attempt to comprehensively deal with all the problems at once – there is no panacea.

Surveys of people treated in narrow-profile resorts show that they got a better effect than spa people who treated 2-3 diseases at the same time in a multidisciplinary resort. But there are always exceptions that confirm the rule. It often happens that a person has serious problems with the gastrointestinal tract, and with the musculoskeletal system, while one may provoke the other. In this case, it makes sense to go to a multidisciplinary resort, and it is advisable for 21 days, and eliminate not only the symptoms, but also the causes of the disease.

Treatment and rehabilitation at the leading resorts in Europe. Practice shows that when choosing a resort, it is important to consider two factors:

Firstly, healing properties. The specificity of natural healing factors (mineral or thermal water, healing mud) is that, depending on their chemical composition, they can treat either a specific organ or a group of organs. I will give an example. Karlovy Vary thermal mineral water treats mainly the gastrointestinal tract, and the mineral waters of the Mariánské Lázně spa treat the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, respiratory organs, and the musculoskeletal system. It can also be said that therapeutic factors have different strengths. The therapeutic mud of the Rogaska Slatina spa affects the musculoskeletal system by an order of magnitude weaker than the sulfuric mud of the Piestany spa in Slovakia.

But we must not forget that the healing factors of the resort can affect the body of people with the same diseases in different ways. The course of a specific disease is individual for each person. It happens that one patient with a gastrointestinal disease helps Karlovy Vary thermal mineral water well, and another patient with exactly the same disease says that he feels better after drinking a treatment course at the Rogaska Slatina spa.

Treatment and rehabilitation at the leading resorts in Europe. Photo 3 Secondly, the quality of the treatment base. It is believed that the most powerful treatment facilities in the former Soviet resorts (if it comes to Europe are Druskininkai, Jurmala, etc.). As a rule, the sanatoriums in these cities have maintained and subsequently modernized the treatment facilities inherited from the USSR. A comprehensive approach to treatment is practiced there, which includes not only medical and health-improving procedures, but also diet therapy, climate therapy, a certain regimen of a person’s spa stay. The quality of the treatment base is also determined by how intensively the natural healing factors are applied. For example, in the resort of Abano Terme in Italy, mud treatments are usually performed every day. Local balneologists say this is justified in terms of treatment quality.

At the mud spa Frantiskovy Lázně in the Czech Republic, peloid therapy is not carried out every day, as the mud procedures are combined with many others: water, gas, and electric procedures.

Treatment and rehabilitation at the leading resorts in Europe. Photo 4 Of course, the choice of direction may also depend on many individual preferences of the client: convenience in terms of travel, comfort of sanatoriums presented at the resort, language barrier, professionalism of doctors, etc. Before choosing a destination, we always recommend that you familiarize yourself with several videos at the sanatorium of the resort towns of interest to you. This will immediately remove almost 80% of your questions. And it will help to make the right choice of a resort in Europe.

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