Balneology (the study of the therapeutic use of natural sources of healing) is one of medicine's oldest treatment methods. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) determines which therapeutic spas in Switzerland are approved.
Warming medicinal benefit
The therapeutic effect of a spa therapy is attributed to two separate factors: bathing in thermal water with a temperature of more than 32–36 degrees that is rich in minerals combined with physical medicine such as physiotherapy or ergotherapy. The warming effect promotes circulation and boosts the metabolism while the buoyancy of the water relieves the joints, facilitates locomotion and reduces pain. The spa doctor usually works with the patient at the start of the spa therapy to set out an individual treatment programme tailored to the condition.
For whom is a spa therapy suitable?
A doctor prescribes a spa therapy if intensive treatments are required to support a sustained improvement in the state of health – be it after a hospital stay for surgery or from home. In particular, spa therapies are frequently prescribed for rheumatic conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis with dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. Health insurers are not allowed to cover stays undertaken for preventive purposes.
Spa therapies are generally not suitable for people with severe heart disease, very high blood pressure, an acute infection or recent sutures, for example.
Good to know
The spa facility must be approved – you are free to choose your own accommodations. Submit the doctor's order for therapy before the start of the spa therapy so that we can verify the medical necessity.
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