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Pain-free and more active thanks to radon heat therapy
Fibromyalgia, better known as soft tissue rheumatism, often begins slowly. Affected people suffer from chronic pain in muscles, tendons, joints, arms or legs - the doctors precisely localize them as so-called tender points. If 11 of the 18 main pain points spontaneously react painfully to pressure, doctors speak of fibromyalgia syndrome. Exhaustion often accompanies the disease after the slightest effort. Some even force them to give up their jobs. So far, fibromyalgia has been considered incurable. Even drug therapies - which often have serious side effects - respond to only 30 to 40 percent of patients. More and more people are therefore relying on radon heat therapy as a natural alternative to conventional medication, which, according to studies, shows significant pain relief over many months in 71 percent of fibromyalgia patients.
"Experience shows that radon heat therapy also has an extremely positive effect on medication requirements and the feeling of exhaustion," reports PD Dr. Bertram Hölzl, radon expert and medical director of the Gasteiner Heilstollen. Many people affected by soft tissue rheumatism don't even need any tablets after a two-week course and feel noticeably fitter. The success of radon heat therapy is based on a combination of slight overheating, high humidity and absorption of radon. Because only in interaction does the optimal therapeutic benefit of these three active factors develop on the organism. Radon releases mild alpha rays in the body, which stimulate cell repair mechanisms and activate healing and anti-inflammatory messengers. These, in turn, have been shown to contribute to the long-term relief of pain and many other complaints. Temperatures above 37.5 degrees and high humidity above 70 percent also lead to the so-called hyperthermia effect. Under these conditions, the body's core temperature rises, blood circulation is stimulated and the muscles relax. In this gently overheated state, the organism absorbs radon much better and benefits even more from its natural healing properties.
Radon heat therapy is particularly suitable for treating diseases of the rheumatic type, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory tract and the skin. "93 percent of fibromyalgia patients rated the results of radon heat therapy as good," says Dr. Hölzl from the accompanying scientific studies on the effectiveness of the symptom-based form of treatment for this clinical picture. 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)