Radon heat therapy for bone building

Treatment works several times in osteoporosis patients

Every second woman over the age of 60 is already suffering from osteoporosis or is at high risk. Doctors usually only discover the disease through vertebral fractures when it suddenly causes excruciating pain in the back. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, over 8.7 million people are struggling with what is known as bone loss. The most common consequences of osteoporosis are broken bones due to minimal stress. In addition, in some cases the body deforms into a so-called widow's hump. For fear of further breaks and pain, those affected move less, withdraw socially and in some cases even become depressed. Side effects from pain relievers also burden osteoporosis patients. Radon heat therapy offers an alternative to medication. It not only relieves pain, but, according to the latest studies, even promotes bone-building processes.

Therapy is based on three pillars: radon, heat and humidity have a positive effect on pain and osteoporosis-related bone loss. Temperatures above 37.5 degrees Celsius and humidity between 70 and 100 percent trigger a mild, therapeutic fever, the hyperthermia effect. This process has a muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving effect at the same time. In addition, the body absorbs radon particularly well through the blood supply to the skin and the enlarged pores. “The natural noble gas releases mild alpha rays in the body and reduces inflammation processes. Radon also has a positive effect on the amount of pain relievers and the body's own cell repair mechanisms. This also includes the bone-building processes that are important in osteoporosis patients, ”explains Univ.-Doz. Dr. Bertram Hölzl, radon expert and medical director of the Gasteiner Heilstollen.

Background: In adolescence, bone mass increases until it is most dense at the age of 30 to 40 years. In the meantime, the skeleton renews itself every eight to ten years. The body breaks down old bone material and builds up new one. In older people, hormonal fluctuations often disturb this balance. Osteoporosis develops when more bone is broken down than builds up. Studies have shown that radon heat therapy inhibits a substance in the body that is responsible for bone loss. This process does not cure osteoporosis, but it stops the disease from progressing rapidly. In addition, the therapy relieves pain in those affected for about nine months. Due to these effects, they often dare to do more exercise after radon heat treatments and thus improve their accompanying therapies. Sports therapy, adequate vitamin D intake and a calcium-rich diet are important additional building blocks in the treatment of osteoporosis. This is because trained muscles support the bones, promote posture and coordination and thus prevent broken bones.

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