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Daytime stays (4–21-day stays)

A stay in the underground “Wieliczka” Salt Mine Health Resort can bring clear relief to people with respiratory problems. However, a longer stay, even up to three weeks, can increase the resulting lasting effect.

The Daily 4–21-Day Stays offer  is carried out in the Health Resort areas located in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, at a depth of 135 meters.

 

The therapy aims to improve the quality of life of patients by alleviating symptoms and fear of shortness of breath. The treatment is active, adapted to the needs and possibilities of the patients. The treatment programme includes respiratory gymnastics and physiotherapeutic treatments, maximising the healing effect.

Good to know:

  • Each treatment day includes a six-hour underground visit to the spa on a daytime, under the supervision of a doctor, physiotherapist and nurse.
  • The descent into the underground takes place via the Regis Shaft. The distance from the Regis Shaft on Level III to the Health Resort chambers is approximately 700 metres.
  • At the beginning of the stay, patients should provide current test results:
    - urine, complete blood count (valid for 1 month)
    - Chest X-ray (valid for 2 years)
    - ECG (valid for 3 months).
  • The rehabilitation program is determined separately for each patient. It may include the so-called respiratory gymnastics: breathing control exercises, correction of respiratory pattern, diaphragm breathing exercises, respiratory muscles training, pulmonary hygiene procedures, relaxation and movement exercises, aerobics, health education classes.
  • Please wear clothing suitable for the underground temperature of 13–14.5°C and bring comfortable footwear.
  • You should bring food and drink with you.
  • Prior reservation and advance payment is required.
  • By deciding to accept the offer, you declare that you have become acquainted with the contraindications to stay in the salt workings of the Mine.

Therapy goals

  • improve respiratory function
  • reduce seasonal allergy symptoms
  • improve well-being and motivate to active and systematic rehabilitation of the respiratory system
  • acquire the necessary knowledge of the nature of the disease
  • learn how to independently perform recommended breathing exercises and pulmonary hygiene procedures
  • enable full physical and mental relaxation

Indications

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Recurrent diseases of the nose, sinuses, throat, larynx
  • Chronic bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Allergic diseases
  • Bronchial asthma

Contraindications

  • Active cancer or history of cancer before the end of the 5-year remission period
  • Primary or secondary immunodeficiencies
  • Infectious diseases in the clinical, acute and chronic stage (being a carrier is not a contraindication)
  • Serious damage to the locomotor system which prevents independent movement
  • Severe respiratory and circulatory insufficiency limiting ability to a sedentary lifestyle
  • Increased intracranial pressure, e.g. in the course of infectious diseases, injuries
  • Recent (up to 6 months) surgical procedure or trauma to the chest, abdomen, face, brain or eye area
  • Recent (up to 6 months) history of myocardial infarction or stroke
  • Aneurysms of cerebral vessels and aorta
  • Severe valvular defects of the heart
  • Diagnosed cardiac arrhythmias with risk of loss of consciousness
  • Unregulated hypertension, haemorrhagic flaws
  • Mental illness, especially claustrophobia
  • Rheumatic diseases that occur with the involvement of the skeletal and joint system
  • Epilepsy in the form of focal seizures with loss of consciousness and focal seizures in the form of tonic-clonic seizures on both sides
  • Pregnancy

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