Crenotherapy is an unconventional therapy that combines treatments with thermal water. Unlike hydrotherapy, which heals with ordinary water, this therapy uses natural mineral water as a healing agent. For therapeutic purposes, it is based on the exploitation of the physical or chemical properties that are particularly diffused by these waters. Spring water all includes several minerals such as halogens, bicarbonates, metalloids, radioactive components, sulfates and sulfides. They also contain many minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium.
The first discovery and use of this therapy
Crenotherapy or hydrotherapy comes from ancient Greek. Its existence dates back more than 2000 years. In addition, to date, the number of patients who benefit from the benefits of this cure is increasing. In France, there are almost 600,000 beneficiaries of this therapy every year. In fact, this country is home to more than 690 mineral springs. The Academy of Medicine recognizes the therapeutic benefits of all of these waters.
In the words of Pascal Demoly in 2005: “Crenotherapy and immunostimulatory treatments are among the supportive measures that have not been validated by studies”.
Crenotherapy in the management of your health
In crenotherapy, natural thermal water is used for its various effects: healing, decongestant, soothing, anti-inflammatory, relaxing, anti-edematous… Coming from underground deposits, each spring water (depending on its composition) has real values and healing powers. They also have a suitable temperature, very favorable for the various treatments.
Thermal water provides muscle relaxation, skin and joint flexibility. They improve overall physical health and mental development. The virtues of thermal water act on certain ailments or pains such as skin diseases, metabolic diseases and digestive disorders. They take care of cardiovascular diseases such as PAD or obliterating arteriopathy of the lower extremities and Raynaud’s syndrome. This water therapy also treats other types of diseases: dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, pelvic pain and psychosomatic disorders. As well as diseases of the bucco-lingual mucous membranes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and the consequences of stroke.
The course of a crenotherapy session
Crenotherapy uses the therapeutic values of thermal water in various forms. Most often it is used on the respiratory, skin and digestive routes:
by steam in the oven, when showering with water jets (thread showers, jet showers, immersion showers), when inhaling, with mud packs, with aerosol therapy, with gargling, with drink cures, with nebulizing, massage (dry or under thermal water).
Social Security reimbursed practice essentially requires a doctor’s prescription. This spring water spa treatment lasts 2 weeks and 4 days. It is mainly carried out in a spa approved by a specialist doctor. Once the thermal treatments have been prescribed, the spa practitioner can benefit from a multidisciplinary medical follow-up.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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