Bursitis Balneotherapy:
The Healing Power of Mineral Waters

What is bursitis balneotherapy?

'Balenum' in Latin = 'bath'

Balneotherapy is therapeutic bathing in medicinal and thermal waters rich in salts, minerals and other organic compounds, which are believed to have healing properties.

Balneotherapy may be recommended for wide range of conditions, including bursitis, tendonitis and arthritis.

How does it work

In bursitis balneotherapy, there are three main ways how to 'take the waters':

Internal

  • Inhalation

Inhalation is primarily focused on respiratory conditions, but it is beneficial for the entire body. All in all, it does not matter that much how the minerals get into your system.

  • Drinking

In this case, the mineral power of spring waters is absorbed into the body through the digestive system, which directs their healing powers to where they are needed the most.

External

Water is nature's best solvent.

When we immerse ourselves in a partial or full body bath, our skin starts to absorb all the healing compounds that are suspended in the spring water.

This process gets accelerated at high temperatures when the blood and lymph circulation is the most active.

The minerals can be detected in our bloodstream as soon as in 2 - 15 minutes. I call this a fast bursitis healing method.

Other

These days the modern spas offer a myraid of services complementing the mineral water treatments - hydrotherapy, massage, aromatherapy, wraps, scrubs, physical fitness, nutritional counseling,...you name it.

Temperature

The water temperature can always be artificially adjusted, depending on the final therapeutic desired.

However, mineral thermal waters are divided into three classes based on their original temperature as they come out of the mother earth:

  1. Hypo-thermal: cool, below body temperature.
  2. Meso-thermal: tepid & warm, around body temperature.
  3. Hyper-thermal: hot, above body temperature.

Benefits

All the minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that will flood your body during bursitis balneotherapy can heal you in countless ways, including:

  • Pain relief by production of endorphins
  • Accelerated cell activity and body's natural self-healing action
  • Increased blood circulation brings more oxygen and nutrition to cells, and eliminates more toxins from the tissues, healing them
  • Boosted metabolism - including the intestines and liver
  • Balanced hormonal levels by normalising the endocrine function
  • Relaxed nervous system - physical and mental calmness
  • Stimulated immune system
  • High amounts of negative ions promote feelings of well-being
  • Antibacterial and anti-viral effect of hot springs that increase body temperature and so kill bacteria, germs and viruses

Difference: Balneotherapy vs. Hydrotherapy

Both balneotherapy and hydrotherapy take advantage of the powers of water that gives life to our cells, brings them nutrition, flushes out their wastes, and lubricates our moving parts. Water is crucial to our survival.

So there are many overlaps in the principles and practice of both of these branches of so called Water therapy.

The main difference is that hydrotherapy uses all types of water while balneotherapy focuses specifically on:

  1. Water with high mineral content (1 gram per liter minimum)
  2. Water sourced directly from natural - and preferably local - springs

Types of mineral waters

No two mineral springs are the same. Each has its own chemical composition. The mineral content will determine therapeutic properties and administration of the waters to patients.

Often the water mineral content is compared to the osmotic concentration of minerals in the human body and how these get absorbed and metabolised:

  1. hypotonic (lower mineral content than human body)
  2. isotonic (equal mineral content with the human body)
  3. hypertonic (higher mineral content than human body)


The various mineral waters can be broadly differentiated into basic categories based on the prominent minerals:

Trace minerals

As we said, trace minerals can determine actions and indications of individual springs. For example:

  • Calcium strenghtens bones, increases circulation and prevents water retention.
  • Potassium accelerates cleansing of the body, lowers high blood pressure and energises the body.

Alkalinity

Bursitis balneotherapy baths using waters rich in alkaline minerals and ions (e.g. bicarbonates and magnesium) promote alkaline environment in the body and so enhance the natural healing and regeneration processes in our system.

  • Acidic waters - below PH 7.0
  • Neutral waters - equal to PH 7.0
  • Alkaline waters - above PH 7.0

Salt content

Sodium and Sodium Chloride:

  • Stimulate and purify the lymphatic system and so immunity
  • Increase circulation
  • Block inflammatory processes
  • Correct endocrine dysfunction
  • Help nervous system issues
  • Detoxify the tissues

Sulphur content

If you can survive the stinky sulfurous odor, then sulfur and sulfate rich baths (especially hot ones) are amazing for:

  • Stabilising blood sugar levels - to keep inflammation in check
  • Balancing our nervous system after it has been stressed by bursitis
  • Boosting circulation and metabolism - i.e. healing

Boron content

Boron builds muscle mass and strengthens the bones.

Bromide content

Bromides ease muscle stiffness.

Caution

Before you jump into the pool for some proper bursitis balneotherapy treatment, please consult your physician, especially if you have any illnesses or diseases (e.g. heart condition, skin condition), or are a pregnant woman.


Avoid soaking in hot waters alone, under influence of drugs or alcohol. Make sure you do not overheat your body too much and keep yourself hydrated.


Enjoy your bursitis balneotherapy bath treat!


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