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Spa Treatments

Not Just for Relaxation

Slovaks pride themselves on the curative powers of their spas. For tourists interested in exploring this aspect of Slovakia, here is a list of the major spas and the diseases they claim to treat, as well as methods of treatment.

Rajecké Teplice

The spa specialises in inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the legs, joints, spine, nervous disorders, non-tuberculosis diseases of the respiratory system, as well as occupational diseases. Treatments include water cures as well as diadynamics, intereferential currents, ultrasonic and full electro-galavnic baths, diathermy, electro-stimulation, magnet therapy, phyaction 787, massages (by hand, underwater, reflexive, massage on electro-massaging beds), manipulation therapy, gas injections, infiltration paraffin and moss wraps, oxygen therapy (inhalation of O2), Finnish sauna, dry sauna, solarium, conditioning and reconditioning exercises (individual and collective), and musical therapy. The spa recommends a minimum three-week stay.


The spa treats the following ailments: ankylosing spondylitis; acoliosis idiopathic of different aetiology; reactive and secondary arthritis; degenerative joint diseases (arthrosis); vertebrogenic syndrome; non-joint rheumatism; post-accident or post-operative states affecting the locomotive apparatus; polyneuropathy with paretic signs; root syndromes of a vertebrogenic origin; states after meningoencephalitis and myelitis; hemiparesis and paraparesis of arterial original following the acute state; states after damage to or operations on the central and peripheral nervous system; disseminated sclerosis and other de-myelinization diseases in a benign state; syringomyelia with paretic signs continually treated by specialists; osteoporosis; and obesity. The spa, which recommends a stay of at least a week, uses water cures, massages, and other, more esoteric cures.

Kúpele Štrbské Pleso

The spa specialises in treating the following complaints. Asthma bronchiale, bronchitis chronica, health conditions after recurring pneumonia, health conditions after operation of upper and lower respiratory passages, hypertrophic inflammations or atrophy changes of upper respiratory passages, allergic coryza, chronic sinusitis and sinobronchitis, dermorespiratory syndrome, implications of damaged respiratory passages by corrosive fumes, gases and irritant dusts.

The following types of healthcare professionals works in this spa: podiatrists, internal physicians, physiatrists, balneologists, immunologists, allergy specialists, clinical psychologist and treatment pedagogue who use treatment and diagnostic facilities at the department of haematology, biochemistry, bacteriology, immunology and functional diagnostics.

Trenčianske Teplice

This spa specialises in treating the following conditions: rheumatic degenerative and inflammatory diseases, arthritis, ancylosing spondylitis, rheumatism of muscles, all kinds of diseases of the spine, neurologies, conditions after operations and accidents of the motion apparatus, and sclerosis multiplex

Treatments include: complete balneotherapy, specialised medical care, baths in thermal pools, mud compressions, limoplast/combination of mud and paraffin, physiotherapy/hydro-electro-heat therapy, gas injections, rehabilitation, acupuncture, medical therapy, turf compressions, Kneipis therapy, and diet food.

Bardejovské Kúpele

This spa is recommended for people suffering from: oncological problems, blood circulation problems, digestive-tract disorders, metabolic disorders and those affecting hormonal glands, internal secretions, non-tubercular disorders of the respiratory tract, renal and urinary-tract disorders, and female disorders including menopause. Cures include: mineral-water drinking therapy, heat therapy, hydrotherapy, carbonic therapies, pelotherapy, and paraffin therapy methods.

These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2003.

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