Mud treatment — get dirty to your health!
Mud therapy is one of the most useful and effective natural therapies. So go treat ailments and adjust your appearance to the mud resorts
Therapeutic mud has long been sold in cosmetic stores, which means that anyone can arrange a mud treatment session even at home. However, being carried away by useful “soiling” of the face and body, remember that therapeutic muds have a rather strong effect on the human body. This means that it would be much more correct to allow an experienced specialist or doctor to conduct a mud therapy session.
What is mud treatment?
Mud therapy is the impact on the human body of therapeutic mud locally or in combination, with the aim of treating or preventing diseases, as well as for cosmetic purposes. Therapeutic mud is qualitatively different from the usual street mud. They are the product of many years of chemical and physical processes in nature. Therapeutic muds include:
- silty sediments of various reservoirs
- some clay rocks
- peat deposits of swamps and lakes
Depending on the type of mud and the method of its application, treatment or stimulation of the work of one or another organ of the human body is performed. Moreover, one should not underestimate the activity of the impact of mud therapy — in many cases, if all the recommendations and indications are followed, this therapy is more effective than drug treatment.
Also, due to the level of activity of the impact of mud on the body, many doctors strongly advise you to properly prepare yourself for the procedure and do not forget to rest after it.
Mud treatment procedure
Treatment with the use of mud is carried out by a variety of methods. The most popular of them are:
- mud baths
But regardless of the method chosen by the doctor, you should follow the basic rules when conducting a course of mud therapy.
1. Before the procedure, be sure to take a shower without detergent (soap, gel, foam, etc.) to clean the skin surface from dirt and dust.
2. Before starting the procedure, ointments containing petroleum jelly should be applied to all open wounds or cuts. This will protect them from the active effects of dirt and reduce the likelihood of inflammation.
3. During the procedure, you should remain calm and try to relax as much as possible. This behavior contributes to a deeper impact of mud on the body, since excessive sweat and fat are not released on the surface of the skin, which means that the active substances interact with the cells much easier.
3. Immediately after completing the mud therapy procedure, you should take a shower without soap and dry your skin with a towel.
4. And finally, immediately after the shower, you need to give the body a rest and cool down. Spend at least 15-20 minutes in the break room before going outside or doing other activities.
4. During the cycle of procedures, try to avoid the use of detergents and moisturizers. A thin film of dirt after washing off with water still remains on the skin and has a mild effect on the body during the break between procedures. By washing it off, you will reduce the effect of the procedures. And applying a moisturizer to it, you still will not get the expected result, since it will not be able to penetrate to a sufficient depth.
5. During the period of mud therapy it is strictly forbidden to drink alcohol.
Indications for mud treatment
Therapeutic mud can help get rid of many ailments. The main indications for the use of mud therapy are:
- Diseases of the musculoskeletal system, recovery from injuries
- Gynecological diseases
- Diseases of the genitourinary system (mainly in men)
- Infectious diseases
- Diseases of the peripheral nervous system
- Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
- Cosmetic indications (dermatitis, cellulite, etc.)
Remember, if after the procedure you feel itching, fever, dizziness or other signs of illness, you should temporarily stop the course of mud therapy and seek medical advice. The reason for such a reaction can be both individual intolerance to the procedure, and hidden diseases-contraindications.
Contraindications to mud therapy
Therapeutic mud is a rather active method of treatment. Therefore, you should not independently, without consulting a doctor, prescribe a course of mud therapy. In addition, carefully read all the contraindications to these procedures. Mud treatment is strictly contraindicated in:
- Any active bleeding
- Skin diseases in the acute stage
- Fever or localized inflammation
- Nervous or physical exhaustion
- Some cardiovascular diseases
- neurological diseases
Even if none of the above contraindications applies to you, you should consult with your doctor before taking a course of mud therapy.
Author: Natalia Kay
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