Daytime stays, also known as a pulmonary rehabilitation program in subterraneotherapy conditions, is a signature project of the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine Health Resort, offered in treatment chambers located 135 meters underground. The program aims primarily at improving the patients' life quality, through reducing the severity of symptoms and easing the anxiety associated with dyspnea. The program consists in active rehabilitation based on modern respiratory gymnastics, and relies on the patients' active presence in the specific curative microclimate and participation in physiotherapy activities.
During individual and group consultations with medical, nursing and physiotherapy staff, also health education is offered concerning the illness prevention and health promotion, which aims primarily at improving the patients' life quality and developing skills of coping with their illness becoming more acute, remission and relapse. The schedule of stays of patients participating in pulmonary rehabilitation in subterraneotherapy conditions is stable, and it has been approved by the Consultants for Allergy and Rehabilitation Medicine and the Polish National Health Fund.
- Subterraneotherapy treatments are offered to patients of 14 years of age or more, children aged 4 - 13 to be accompanied by an adult.
- The conditions for participation are: sending an inquiry by e-mail, paying the deposit after receiving the reservation confirmation, as well as familiarisation with the counter indications of a stay in the salt workings of the Mine.
- Rehabilitation and treatment stays are carried out under constant supervision and last 6 hours per day.
- On the day of their arrival, patients should provide up-to-date results of tests (urine, blood cell count (valid 1 month), chest X-ray (valid 2 years), and ECG (valid 3 months).
For the Patient
The pulmonary rehabilitation program is individually prepared for each patient and it includes:
- education on basic facts about the disease
- modern respiratory gymnastics: breath control exercises, breathing patterns correction, mastering diaphragmatic breathing, respiratory muscle training, bronchial tree cleansing procedures
- relaxation and movement exercises, aerobics.
Moreover, guests are also offered for an extra fee:
- brine or medication inhalation (nebulisation)
- visiting the historic Tourist Route at the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine
On-site, patients are under the constant care of:
- medical staff - physicians specialising in pulmonology, medical rehabilitation, otolaryngology internal medicine or balneoclimatology
- nursing staff
Continuous medical service after the return to the surface and treatments in the mine is ensured by the physicians on duty at the SPZLO Hospital at ul. Szpunara in the town of Wieliczka.
Aims of rehabilitation
- improving the efficiency of the respiratory system activity
- reducing the symptoms of seasonal allergies
- improving the health condition and motivating for active and systematic rehabilitation of the respiratory system
- providing the necessary knowledge regarding the nature of the disease
- coach the on performing recommended breathing exercises and bronchial tree cleansing procedures on one's own
- providing complete physical and mental relaxation
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- recurrent nose, sinuses, pharynx and larynx conditions
- chronic bronchitis and pneumonia
- allergic diseases
- currently active cancer or the past history of cancer within 5 years of the grace period,
- primary or secondary immunodeficiency,
- clinically active, acute or chronic infectious diseases (carriage is not a contraindication),
- serious damage to the musculoskeletal system that prevents independent movement,
- severe respiratory and cardiac insufficiency leading to a sedentary lifestyle,
- increased intracranial pressure, in the course of, among other things, infectious diseases, injuries,
- recent (up to 6 months) surgery or injury of the chest, abdomen, facial skeleton, brain or eyeball,
- recent (up to 6 months) history of myocardial infarction or stroke,
- aneurysm of the cerebral vessels or aorta,
- severe heart valve defects,
- arrhythmia threatened with the loss of consciousness,
- untreated hypertension, bleeding tendency,
- mental illnesses, especially claustrophobia,
- rheumatic diseases with the involvement of the bones and joints,
- epilepsy manifested as focal seizures with consciousness disorders and focal seizures evolving into bilateral tonic-clonic seizures,