Pain therapy: radon instead of opiates

Pain therapy: radon instead of opiates

Less pain, less medication

If you suffer from chronic pain, you usually have to take medication several times a day. Although these make temporary torments more bearable, with long-term use they exacerbate the suffering from side effects such as depression, stomach, kidney problems or liver damage. Other prescription pain relievers are opiates, which are used, for example, for chronic pain in rheumatic conditions. They can cause weight loss, nausea, breathing disorders and many other health problems. Therefore, many affected people try to bite through without tablets and take as little as possible. Alternative forms of treatment such as radon heat therapy are therefore a good solution for many sufferers. Often you can not cure the disease, but at least make everyday life easier with it.

Studies have confirmed the long-lasting pain-relieving effects of radon heat therapy in former mines. Radon naturally emerges from the rock inside the mountain. For therapeutic use, those suffering from pain travel by train to various therapy stations. In an approximately one-hour therapy session, which they spend lying down, patients ingest the noble gas in small amounts through the skin and lungs. "Experience shows that the positive effects of radon heat therapy last for many months," explains Univ.-Doz. Dr. Bertram Hölzl, radon expert and medical director of the Gasteiner Heilstollen. "As a symptom-based form of treatment, radon heat therapy cannot remedy the causes of the illnesses." Its success is based on a combination of mild overheating and high air humidity as well as absorption of radon. Radon releases mild alpha rays in the body that activate anti-inflammatory messengers. These relieve persistent pain and accompanying complaints. The effect of radon is further enhanced by the so-called hyperthermia effect. This occurs in the body whenever temperatures above 37.5 degrees and high humidity meet. This increases the patient's core body temperature to 38.5 degrees. As a result, the blood vessels expand, which leads to better blood circulation and relaxation of pain-stricken muscles. Another advantage: the form of therapy is considered to have few side effects.

Radon heat therapy is particularly suitable for treating diseases of the rheumatic type, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory tract and the skin. "For the clinical picture Bechterew's disease, a chronic, inflammatory rheumatic disease that causes excruciating pain, our success rates are 80 to 90 percent," says Dr. Hölzl. Radon heat therapy often has an effect even when conventional medication reaches its limits and even strong pain relievers no longer help. (pm)

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