The Springs Resort Medical Director, Dr. Marcus Coplin recognizes that bathing in thermal mineral water has had positive effects on Long-COVID and encourages visits to hot springs as a way to regain strength and resiliency during post-COVID recovery:
The mechanisms of “Long-COVID” are far from completely understood. However, by examining the presentation from a convalescence (the returning to health from illness) perspective, programs of aquatic therapy, hydrothermal therapy, physiotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions have provided benefits to those suffering. In convalescence, the role of physical rehabilitation overrides the perspective of long-term immunological intervention. To say it simply, the damage has been done, and now the work is in rebuilding the body beyond the eradication of active infection.
Health Resorts internationally have taken up the task of intensive rehabilitation programs and are showing a positive effect. Two exemplary studies, one from the Czech Republic and one a joint study from Russia and Italy, conducted in the Health Resort model, show … “that the comprehensive spa rehabilitation treatment in Mariánské Lázně is an effective therapeutic procedure providing the improvement of physical, mental, social and work abilities of the patients. There is a significant positive influence on post-covid complications, namely pulmonary functions…” (EVALUATION OF THE POST-COVID PROGRAMME EFFECTS IN THE ENSANA REHABILITATION AND HEALTH FACILITY, MARIÁNSKÉ LÁZNĚ, 2021) and that Health Resort style interventions “demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in exercise tolerance.” (Can aquatic exercises contribute to the improvement of the gait stereotype function in patients with Long COVID outcomes?, 2022). These are just two examples of the work being produced at Health Resorts internationally, and both regions mentioned accept health tourists for intensive Long-Covid Rehabilitation programs.
Fundamentally, the successful treatment of “Long-Covid” is in understanding that the Covid Virus is no longer the focus, and systems of physical strengthening and system regulation must be applied to the patient in a rational and consistent manner. And although a full program of treatment would include other elements of care such as exercise and physical therapy among others, the Hydrothermal pieces can be simulated at home.