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Fango pack: A well-tried therapy for pain relief and relaxation
What is fango?
Fango is a type of healing mud composed mainly of mineral-rich volcanic rock. This mud is often used for therapeutic purposes, especially in the form of fango packs or fango applications. Due to its mineral-rich composition, fango has various health benefits and is classically used in physiotherapeutic medicine for complaints of the entire musculoskeletal system. The warming, circulation-enhancing and metabolism-stimulating effect of the fango pack is intended to relax the body and thus relieve acute pain. The treatment is administered as a warming poultice around the part of the body being treated or as a mud bath.
Origin of the fango pack
The fango pack is a traditional form of therapy that has been used for centuries to relieve pain. The use of mud and mineral mud for therapeutic purposes can be traced back to ancient times. Even the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used mud and mud baths for pain relief and relaxation. Throughout history, different variants of fango therapy have developed, and the ingredients and methods of application have varied depending on the region and available natural resources.
The fango pack today
Fields of application of the fango pack
The mud pack has a wide range of applications and can be used for various complaints and diseases:
- Muscle and joint pain: The heat and anti-inflammatory properties of fango mud can help relieve muscle tension, arthritis and other joint problems.
- Rheumatic complaints: People with rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia can benefit from fango packs, as they can improve joint mobility and relieve pain.
- Skin diseases: The minerals in fango mud also have positive effects on skin health. The application of fango packs can help with skin diseases such as psoriasis or neurodermatitis.
- Respiratory diseases: In some cases, fango treatment can be supportive for respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic bronchitis by opening the airways and loosening mucus.
- Stress reduction and relaxation: Last but not least, the fango pack can promote deep relaxation and stress reduction, which can have a positive effect on overall well-being.
However, before considering a fango pack, you should always consult a physician to ensure it is appropriate for your specific needs.
Fango for home
Fango treatment is best performed on-site by a physical therapist and prescribed through a consultative discussion with your physician. Nevertheless, there are products on the market that make it possible to perform fango applications at home. These products are usually available in the form of fango packs, creams or fango powders.
Before using fango products for home use, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Make sure you know how to safely heat and apply the mud or product. In addition, make sure you do not have any allergies or skin sensitivities to the ingredients contained in the products. In addition, it is always advisable to consult a physician before using fango products at home, especially if there are any health concerns or existing skin conditions.
Advantages of the fango pack
The fango pack offers numerous benefits for health and well-being:
- Pain relief: the heat and anti-inflammatory properties of fango mud can effectively reduce pain.
- Improved blood circulation: the application of fango packs promotes blood circulation, which can accelerate the healing of injuries and muscle tension.
- Skin care: The minerals in the mud of fango contribute to the care of the skin and can help with various skin problems.
- Relaxation: Fango physiotherapy can help reduce stress and increase overall well-being.
- Joint health: People with joint disease benefit from improved mobility and pain relief.
Overall, the fango pack offers a holistic therapy option for a variety of health problems and helps to increase physical and mental well-being.
The advantages of corporate health insurance
With a corporate health insurance, you can be reimbursed for the costs incurred for a medically prescribed mud pack and many other services that alleviate or prevent complaints! A clear win-win situation for employers and employees: employers benefit from healthy employees and employees from an attractive offer that covers their (treatment) costs and promotes their health. With YAS.beneFit – the benefit solution for companies – corporate health insurance is combined with a lifestyle and mental health offering, creating even more health for everyone. Learn more now!
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