Secondary procedures suitably complement the basic structure of the treatment plan.
Secondary Procedure Descriptions & Indications
Note: Procedures marked with an asterisk (*) are administered subject to previous a medical examination.
It is an active alternating movement between two small tubs, the one of them containing hot water 40°C – 46°C and the other being filled with cool water 10°C – 16°C, The water level is about 25 cm. Kneipp bath is suitable for treating insufficient blood circulation, varices in primary stage, post-traumatic states in lower limbs, vegetative dystonia and migraine.
During this therapy, an aerosol mist is created using special ultrasound equipment. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the size of the aerosol particles inhaled and the active ingredients contained in the solution used to create the mist. The main effect of inhalation is moistening the respiratory ways and their cleansing.
It is an intensively stimulating treatment made by a water beam spurting from a jet under the pressure of about 3 atm which is applied to the patient’s body from the distance of about 3 meters. The temperature of the water alternately changes. Scottish jets are strongly recommended with muscle pains and diseases of the locomotor system.
The bath is prepared by saturating normal or mineral water with carbon dioxide (CO2). The effect of the bath depends on its temperature and on the amount of CO2 in the water. With regard to its minimum heat strain the treatment is suitable for many disorders such as heart and vascular diseases or afflictions of nervous or blood circulation systems – but always on medical prescription only.
Group Exercise Therapy
This therapy includes general exercises and special types of exercises focused on specific disability of the patient. Indications are disorders of the locomotive and the neuromuscular apparatus, limited mobility, muscular hypertonicity or hypotonicity and locomotive stereotype disorders.
So called mechanical traction is performed with a special device operating in a regime of intermittent traction when not only the power of pulling and the duration of the traction are adjusted but also a rate of the dynamic and idle phases. Special programs are set for the device. The pulling force impacts only the soft tissues of the locomotor system.
Paraffin Wraps on Hands
The hands are repeatedly (3 to 5 times) dipped into molten paraffin up to the wrists for a few seconds. The temperature of paraffin is about 52°C. The layer of paraffin heats up deeply small joints of the hands, treats the skin, releases the stiffened muscles and joints and improves the blood circulation. This treatment is useful for diseases of the locomotor system and rheumatoid arthritis because it leads to maximum blood supply to the periphery.
Group Exercise Therapy in a Swimming Pool
This treatment combines the benefits of exercise with the benefits of being submerged in warm water, which enables easier movement and exercising. The main results of the therapy are improving of blood circulation, optimization of breathing as well as enlarging the range of the locomotor system.
This treatment is based on inhaling oxygen-enriched air (the oxygen rate is 40 – 60%). The air has an adequate level of humidity in order to prevent the dehydration of the patient’s mucus membranes. The air is inhaled either by a nasal cannula or by a special face mask. Application of oxygen increases the quality and length of life and improves the patient’s ability to tolerate physical stress. It also decreases the medium pressure in the lungs, prevent from lungs hypertension and from the development of cor pulmonare.
It is a therapy provided by a professionally trained physiotherapist as it is a special type of a reflexive method. A combination of acupuncture effects and of local hypodermic application of carbon dioxide (CO2) is used to influence painful conditions and functional disorders in the treated areas. Pneumopuncture is suitable for treating disorders of the locomotor apparatus, leg ischemia etc. It influences the function of inner organs positively due to its reflexive effect. Pneumopuncture has outstanding results in treating pains in the spine and joints.
During this treatment a special device produces a pressurized jet of water, which is used to wash and massage the gums and the inside of the patient’s mouth. Dental irrigation is a treatment that can be beneficial for patients suffering from various types of periodontal conditions.
Electrotherapy is effective in relieving pain, in the treatment of increased or decreased muscle tension, it also improves tissue circulation and metabolic processes. The procedure utilizes electric energy of different frequencies and intensities for therapeutic purposes. St. Joseph’s Spa offers several types of electrotherapy:
This electrotherapy procedure utilizes the effects of direct galvanic current on the body in the water environment. Indications: Chronic, degenerative and inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases, vertebrogenic syndromes, polyneuritis, post-traumatic conditions, vasoneurosis, restless leg syndrome, arterial, vascular and lymphatic vessel diseases, ischemia, gastrointestinal diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, degenerative and inflammatory neurological diseases, etc.
This widely used treatment with ultrasound can either be undergone as a standalone procedure or it can be combined with a procedure using diadynamic currents. The chemical effects of this method are the release of free radicals, the production of peroxides and pH changes. The biological effects are increase in metabolism, hyperthermia, analgesic, spasmolytic and vasodilitation effects, and increase in the receptor excitability threshold.
It is a therapeutic method using a pulsing electromagnetic field. Cylindrical or flat applicators are used for this treatment. Magnetic therapy has anti-inflammatory and analgesis effects. It is also suitable for the conditions affecting the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels, ischemia and digestive disorders.
This procedure exploits the simple, yet sufficiently effective source of therapeutic bio-stimulating light based on the principle of light polarization. Similarly to lasers, the biolamp emits polarized radiation that, in this case, is polychromatic and the chromatic component is filtered out. Indications: Skin diseases, acceleration of the healing process of post-surgical scars, spinal and joint pain relief, dentistry, and cosmetic treatment.
This procedure exploits the effects of infrared radiation. The natural source of IR radiation is the Sun. The procedure facilitates effective, in-depth heating of the treated area. It relieves fatigue and pain and is suitable for clients suffering from common colds. The effect is similar to other thermal therapies.
A special light that is amplified using a stimulated emission of radiation. The device produces coherent monochromatic radiation. The laser can be applied either continuously or in a pulse mode. Indications: The non-invasive laser is mostly used for its bio-stimulating, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. This technique also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-edema and vasodilitating effects.
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