Thermal Mud and Mud therapy
The mud of Abano and Montegrotto Terme are the result of an astute mixture of a solid (clay), a liquid (salty-bromic-iodic water) and a biological component (microorganisms and biomaterials).
To make mud efficient for curative scopes, its ripening process in special tanks has to last approximately 50-60 days during which mud is kept in constant contact with a steady flow of thermal water at a temperature of 60°C.
Temperature and chemical components of the Euganean thermal water cause the development of particular strains of microbes that modify the mud's chemical and chemical-physical properties and impart it with the therapeutic properties that make this mud so unique.
Mud treatment is applied externally and involves four separate but equally essential phases to guarantee the session effectiveness:
- Smearing: the mud is applied directly to the skin while at a temperature between 38°C and 42°C and it is left in place for 15-20 minutes. Mud can be applied by means of "full body" (the head, the front area of the neck and the chest are free as well as the genital areas and often one arm), "half body" or on one or more limbs.
- Thermal bath: at the end of the application, the guest takes a hot shower and is then set in a thermal water bath at a temperature of 36°C-38°C for about 8-15 minutes.
- Sweat reaction: after drying off with warm towels, the guest returns to his room where he should remain in bed, well-covered for 30-40 minutes during which the sweating reaction continues the biological effects of the mud therapy.
- Massage with a toning action: the fango-balneotherapy ends with a massage that reactivates the circulation of the skin.
It is essential to follow all the phases to guarantee the efficiency of mud bath therapy.
These mud applications must be repeated daily for twelve days with a one day break (different options can be prescribed by the thermal doctor).
Mud therapy is indicated for the care and prevention of the following pathologies:
- Widespread or localized articular and extra-articular rheumatism
- Quiescent inflammatory rheumatism
- Fribrosis or rheumatic origin
- Tendinitis of rheumatic origin
- Lumbago of rheumatic origin
- Fibrositis and fibromyositis
- Osteoporosis and other degenerative processes
- Widespread arthrosis, cervical arthrosis, lumbar arthrosis, arthrosis of the limbs
- Post herniated-disk surgery, discopathy without herniation and without symptoms of nerve irritation or compression
- Tracheolodynia of rheumatic origin, scapulohumeral periathritis (not including acute forms), quiescent rheumatoid arthritis, articular rheumatism
- Arthrosis, poliarthrosis, osteorthrosis (with widespread or localized osteoporosis), periarthritis, ankylopoietic spondylitis, spondyloarthrosis and spondylolisthesis