When it gets cold outside, many people experience back pain. A lack of exercise is usually to blame in the winter months - who wants to go jogging when the weather is mushy and cold outside? Then warmth is good for the back and relieves tension in the muscles. But warmth also helps with chronic back pain, from which sufferers suffer as a result of herniated discs, lumbago, sciatica or nerve constriction. In combination with radon, painkillers can even be saved for several months.
Many people with chronic back pain are entitled to a cure that can bring pain relief, especially in winter. Those who have had good experiences with heat can try out therapy units in so-called warm tunnels. "Temperatures of over 37.5 degrees and high humidity of up to 100 percent prevail in thermal tunnels," comments Univ.-Doz. Dr. Bertram HölzI, scientific director of the Gastein Heilstollen. "Because the body cannot sweat enough due to the high humidity, the tropical climate leads to the so-called hyperthermia effect - a kind of desired therapeutic fever."
Painful muscles relax under these conditions. In addition, the noble gas radon escapes from the mountain rock in small quantities, which spa guests absorb via the air and skin. Due to its high therapeutic effectiveness in various clinical pictures, radon has been used as a remedy in low doses for many 100 years. “Radon releases mild alpha rays in the body.
These stimulate the body's own cell repair mechanisms and reduce the activity of inflammatory cells and pain relievers, ”explains Dr. Hölzl. During the two- to three-week course, patients usually visit the healing tunnel six to twelve times for an hour. The noticeable pain relief does not always start immediately, but sometimes with a delay of a few weeks. It lasts for about 9 months. Many patients then often no longer need tablets for some time. Health insurance companies often cover about 90 percent of the therapy costs for cures with radon heat therapy.