Due to the effective utilization of disease prevention strategies as well as the sensible and high-quality functioning of the system of treatment, we have been able to witness significant changes in numerous areas in recent decades. The patient/doctor relationship has developed into a partnership: the patient has become an active party to his own medicinal therapy. In addition to the classically accepted elements of treatment, physiotherapy has become a part of achieving the common goals (disease prevention, recovery and a decent quality of life). In our Department of Chronic Internal Medicine this new attitude towards comprehensive medical and physical therapy treatment that makes the most of our own resources is implemented in our care for patients suffering from heart, kidney, respiratory system or metabolic problems, as well as high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity. Our goals:
- the prevention of disorders of the heart and circulatory system, and the influencing of the process of arteriosclerosis in a beneficial manner (reducing the risk of heart attacks and heart failures, promoting recovery from diseases and preventing heart rhythm disorders);
- the strengthening the systems of muscular support and locomotion (developing proper ways of moving, avoiding joint prostheses, treating existing locomotor ailments);
- the improvement of metabolic and hormonal processes (influencing overeating, diabetes and deviations in cholesterol levels);
- the improvement of respiratory difficulties;
- the deceleration of the aging process, extension of life expectancy and the alteration of sedentary lifestyles;
- the alleviation of peripheral circulatory disorders;
- the strengthening of the immune system (preventing tumors and deterring their recurrence);
- the improvement of psychological functioning: increasing self-esteem and disposition towards work, reducing anxiety and tension, relieving depression and aiding in adapting to stress;
- the reduction of neuropathic pain, improvement of the transmission speed and reaction time of peripheral nerves, aiding in coordination and relieving mental regression and cerebral arteriosclerosis in old age.
The method of therapy is determined by a doctor specializing in internal medicine/cardiology based on a medical examination. The fundamental precepts of suitability are taken into account in this. The various elements of physiotherapy and balneotherapy (treatments with medicinal waters, effervescent baths, water jet massage, individual, group and underwater physical therapy, physical training, medical therapeutic or relaxing, refreshing massage, electrotherapy and bio-magnets) are utilized alongside classical medical therapeutic treatment. A team that encompasses several medical specialties works together to aid in recovery, in the reduction of symptoms and in the prevention of the disorder’s recurrence.