Thermal Effects of Balneotherapy

Hyperthermia – exogenous elevation of the body temperature, local or systemic – by means of a bath or poultice, has been demonstrated as a beneficial therapeutic measure for centuries.

Therapeutic Effects of Heat in Balneotherapy:

  • Reduction of pain
  • Acceleration of collateral blood circulation
  • Elevation of cellular fluids
  • Relaxation of the skeletal musculature
  • Enhanced range of motion, stretching capacity of collagen structures
  • Antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory) effect
  • Stimulation of the sympathetic nerves
  • Increase in heart rate and stroke volume
  • Overall sedative effect
  • Hormonal stimulation
  • Immunostimulation (mild Hyperthermia)
  • Immunosuppression (extreme Hyperthermia)
  • Adaptation of the vegetative functioning