the true wealth of Abano Terme
After a long underground journey from the Alpine foothills to the Euganean basin, the very warm thermal water flows out, at a temperature of about 87°C, enriched by mineral substances. It is hyperthermal salt-bromine-iodic water.
Thermal water is most significantly used in the maturation process to which the mud undergoes: for about a year the mud lies in specific basins in direct contact with water and sun and thus, it develops peculiar micro-algae. These micro-algae give it the therapeutic efficacy that has earned this mud the European Trade Mark as a pharmaceutical product.
But not only: once used for therapeutic purposes, thermal water is then circulated to heat the hotel during the winter months.
Thermal water and mud, the perfect natural treatment
Why mud is good for you
Mud bath therapy is a natural kind of treatment, and at least 6 consecutive daily sessions are recommended, once or twice a year.
Mature mud contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that are released when it is applied to the body. The heat produced by the mud causes vasodilatation, relaxes muscles and stimulates the production of cortisol and endorphins, which help increase pain tolerance.
The short-term effects of a mud therapy cycle are analgesic and muscle relaxing, which lead to improving joint flexibility.
The long-term effects of the therapy are evident in the prevention of pain worsening and in slowing down the degenerative evolution of ostheoarthritis.
The Hotel Terme Helvetia is part of the O.T.P. monitoring network of Padua University for controlling the maturing processes and the quality of thermal mud.
MUD BATH TERAPY
Mud bath therapy:
4 steps for your health
A mud bath therapy session lasts about 40 minutes, plus an additional massage if desired.
In your own private room the operator has you lie on a bed and applies the thermal mud to your body, strictly following the indications of temperature, application time, possible areas to not be treated, according to instructions from the doctor who examined you before hand. The operator then covers you to decrease heat dispersion.
After 15-20 minutes, the operator removes the mud from your body and rinses you off in a warm thermal shower. You are then immersed in a tub of thermal water at a temperature of 36/38°C for about 10 minutes.
This thermal bath, rich in ozone, completes the muscle relaxation phase and stimulates biochemical reactions in the organism, thanks to the specific composition of the water.
Once out of the water, it is time to put on a bathrobe and lie down in the relaxation area, beside the pool or on a bed in your room, for the brief reaction phase.
During this time the body releases the warmth absorbed during the mud therapy and thermal bath and continues the stimulation induced by the therapy. Finally, a body massage helps to improve circulation, mobilizes joints and tissues and favors the elimination of metabolic waste.
Hydrokinesitherapy in our thermal pools is particularly indicated for post-trauma and pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation, as well as for the treatment of joint problems such as osteoarthritis, arthritis, muscular pain and vertebral pain.
In other words, it is the best therapy for anyone who has difficulty moving and feels pain. Immersing yourself in a thermal pool, thanks to the specific chemical composition of the water and its temperature, permits gently and gradually recovering muscular use; with great benefits and little effort the first steps in recovering movement can be made, before moving on to more intense forms of activity, up to using the water as an element of resistance to strengthen muscles.