Despite the popular opinion that sulphur baths are for the elderly, the truth is that more and more young people are visiting modern hydrotherapy centers, not only on the recommendation of their doctor, but also for recreational reasons. At the same time, of course, it is a fact that bath therapy is considered complementary to the treatment recommended for many diseases, such as back pain, cervical syndrome, arthritic, rheumatic, skin diseases and many others.
The benefits of sulphur water:
Although most reports on the therapeutic effect of sulphur water came from recorded empirical observations since 1924, gradually research is being done on sulphur waters, the beneficial properties of which are attributed to:
- In their warmth, which contributes to the expansion of blood vessels, muscle relaxation and pain relief.
- In the dissolved solid components (e.g. sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron) and gaseous elements (oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitrogen) that they contain and which enter the body.
- In the phenomenon of buoyancy, which makes movements easier and causes muscle relaxation.
The majority of our customers visit the baths for relief from rheumatism (rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder arthritis, knee arthritis, etc.). In fact, it was found that, after 21 days of treatment, bathers with rheumatism reported a reduction in pain and an increase in mobility.
Eczema and psoriasis are the main skin diseases for which sulphur water is used.
Bathers with back pain and sciatica report a reduction in pain and an improvement in their mobility, while those suffering from cervical syndrome also report a reduction in headaches.
In 1957, it was announced at a Greek medical symposium that positotherapy with sulphur water dissolves kidney stones, facilitating their elimination from the body. A similar effect has been observed for gallstones (however, positherapy is prohibited when there is a stomach or duodenal ulcer).
According to studies, bath therapy brings about a reduction in pressure, due to the vasodilation it causes.
Sulphuric water treatments also include mud therapy (mixing natural clay with sulphur water). According to studies, it seems that mud therapy not only relieves the musculoskeletal system and skin diseases, but also lowers cholesterol! However, the mode of action of the clay is still being investigated.
The sulphur waters are considered beneficial for female inflammations, although their action has not been extensively studied. But it was found that the baths were just as therapeutic as the drugs.
When are baths not allowed?
- When any of the problems for which you are having spa therapy (ex. back pain, cervical syndrome) is in an acute phase. The pain must go away first.
- For 3 months after a myocardial infarction.
- In case of venous insufficiency of the lower extremities, baths in very hot water are prohibited.
- In pregnancy
- For children under 16 years of age.
For any of the treatments with thermal waters to be effective, they must last at least 7 days and up to 21.