Jachymov is a balneotherapy (radon) resort in the north-east of the Czech Republic, located 17 km from Karlovy Vary and 130 km from Prague, at an altitude of 650 m above sea level on the southern slope of the Ore Mountains, near the border with Germany. The population is 3 194 people (2010).
The main healing wealth of the Jáchymov resort is bicarbonate-sodium-thermal mineral waters with natural radioactivity. In addition to the high content of radon, local mineral water also boasts the presence of rare elements – molybdenum, titanium and beryllium.
The area in which the resort of Jáchymov is located is unique in the number of mineral deposits. At the beginning of the 16th century, the richest deposits of silver ore were discovered here. After the development of silver deposits, uranium ore was mined here to produce then popular uranium paints. In 1898, the Curie couple discovered completely new elements in the waste rock – radium and polonium. This discovery brought them the 1903 Nobel Prize.
The first healing spring was found in 1864, and at the end of the XIX century. earned the first Yakhimov sanatorium. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was found that some sources of mine water found here show a high content of radon, and that they have a beneficial effect on the treatment of various diseases.
Up Last changes: 1/24/2012
MINERAL SOURCES OF YAKHIMOV
At present, 4 sources come out of the former mines, whose depth reaches 500 meters, to the surface:
Curie Spring (Curie): water content – 30 liters / min, water temperature – 29 ° C, radon content – 5Bq / l.
C1 Spring (C1): water content – 30 liters / min, water temperature – 29 ° C, radon content -11Bq / l.
Běhounek Spring (Begounek): water content – 300 liters / min, water temperature – 36 ° C, radon content – 10Bq / l.
Agricola Spring (Agricola): water content – 10 liters / min, water temperature – 29 ° C, radon content – 20Bq / l.
Up Last changes: 04/08/2011
INDICATIONS FOR TREATMENT
The main specialization of the resort Jáchymov – diseases of the musculoskeletal system:
All rheumatic inflammation of the joints, soft tissues and spine (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic psoriasis, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis).
Pain and stiffness caused by wear (arthrosis of the joints and spine, prolapse of the disc, damage to tendons, ligaments and menisci).
Metabolic disorders (osteoporosis, gout, porphyria).
Damage to the peripheral nerve or root of the spinal cord (neuritis, neuralgia, peripheral paralysis, spinal syndromes, polyneuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome).
In addition, the local treatment is effective in postoperative and post-traumatic conditions that require intensive treatment and regeneration of damaged tissues (general joint replacement, spinal surgery or large scars after burns).
Radon treatment also has a pronounced restorative effect in conditions of general energy disharmony:
Vegetative lability, neurocirculatory weakness (cold limbs, lung collapses, chilliness, functional organ dysfunction, menopause).
Exhaustion due to heavy work stress.
General weakness in old age.
Maintaining the functional reserves of the body at an early stage of multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
Recovery from professional athletes.
The treatment also gives excellent results in diseases of the peripheral vessels: anemia, atherosclerosis of the vessels of the extremities, conditions after venous inflammation, rheumatic vasculitis.
BASIC METHODS OF TREATMENT
When treating with radon waters, two main healing factors act: the balneological effect of the mineral radon water itself and the effect of ionizing radiation arising from the decay of a radioactive gas.
Balneology: radon baths, radon galvanic baths, chamber baths.
Disability recovery: collective physiotherapy exercises, individual physiotherapy exercises in the pool with warm water, exercises on devices, ergotherapy.
Physiotherapy: electrotherapy, magnetic pulsed field, laser therapy, ultrasound, diathermy, cryotherapy, inhalation.
Massages: classic, reflex, partial.
Hydrotherapy: underwater massages, whirlpool massages, Charcot’s shower, pearl massages.
Special therapy: brachyradiotherapy, radiotherapy.
Other procedures: oxygen therapy, acupuncture, dry carbon dioxide baths, mobilization and manipulation techniques.
– tumors in the active phase
– acute infectious diseases
– active tuberculosis (TBC)
severe heart failure
– acute and subacute psychogenic diseases
Radon therapy is also not recommended:
– pregnant women (for whom any spa treatment is not recommended at all)
– with certain restrictions for children and adolescents