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.
- Paid treatment services are offered to patients who: send the Registration form, on receipt of the acceptance confirmation make the deposit, and get acknowledged with contraindications to staying in the salt mine workings.
- 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
- active cancer or during the 5-year period after remission
- immunosuppressive therapy with cytostatics, cyclosporines, radiotherapy, steroids in high doses, regardless of the cause
- serious damage to the musculoskeletal system preventing independent movement
- severe respiratory and circulatory failure requiring a restive lifestyle
- infectious diseases during clinical, acute and chronic stages (being a carrier is not a contraindication)
- acute infectious diseases with fever
The services may not be offered to people with the following conditions:
- rheumatic and degenerative diseases of the osteoarticular system
- ischemic heart disease with unstable angina or arrhythmia with possible losses of consciousness
- uncontrolled hypertension
- unstable diabetes
- mental illnesses, particularly depression and claustrophobia syndromes