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Mineral springs in Banya cure joints

Date: 17.03.2006

The town of Banya offers unique indoor swimming-pools, constructed right over mineral springs. Such a swimming-pool is called Bancheto. They are inlaid with porous tiles, which easily let the mineral water penetrate into the swimming-pools.

"These are natural jacuzzis," employees in Banya balneotherapy center explain. The water is as hot as 35-37 C.

"The underwater massages are used for treatment of degenerative diseases of joint and spine, osteoporosis, arthritis and rheumatism," says Dr. Chenko Chalukov, director of the rehabilitation clinic in Banya.

The mineral water massages quickly ease pains after bad injuries and fractures.

The underwater massages last between 5 and 20 minutes according to a doctor's prescription. The price of one therapy session is 1.50 levs (1euro=1.95levs). In order to get the needed effect, the patient has to have at least 10 successive water massages done.

"It is preferable that the patients with joint diseases pass two rehabilitation courses a year," Dr. Chalukov explained.

The mineral water used in Banya balneotherapy sanatorium comes from over 10 springs. Among the most preferred medical treatments are the medical underwater massages and baths with mineral water and aromatic salts. The prices vary from 3 to 20 levs.

Mud-curing is also among the attractions of the rehabilitation center in Banya. For this therapy, the patients dip themselves in mineralized mud and thereafter dry under the sun rays. Finally, they wash the mud off with mineral water. The mud-cure sessions cost 1 lev only.

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