The centenary therapeutic energy of SÃO VICENTE SPA
Águas de São Vicente are the most sulphurous in Portugal, in addition to presenting a high level of alkalinity. Thus, the main therapeutic indications of these thermal waters are related to respiratory disorders and rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders.
Termas de São Vicente is located in the parish of Termas de São Vicente, municipality of Penafiel, about 3 kilometers from Entre-os-Rios and 38 kilometers from the city of Porto. Its origin is in the Portuguese-Roman spa of São Vicente do Pinheiro, dated to the year 315 d. C., whose Roman ruins are still outside the building, and which were classified as a monument of national public interest, in October 2020, by Decree No. 619/2020, issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State and Cultural heritage.
By Luís Filipe Freitas / Filipa Pires
TO LIVE AND BREATHE BETTER
The waters of São Vicente are chemically hypothermal, hypomineralized, sodium carbonated, strongly silicate, ionic and sodium sulfurous. It has a pH of 8.6. Its thermal water rises on the rock at 18.5 degrees and is subsequently heated to carry out the treatments ... Due to the qualities and characteristics of the water, it is especially suitable for treating various conditions of the respiratory system.
After consultation and a consequent medical prescription, the therapist is usually advised to follow a treatment plan that should be 14 days or a minimum of 7 days that can be partially reimbursed by the national health system, up to 35% on the total amount of the invoice.
All treatments carried out with these waters "strengthen and improve the immune system", according to Conceição Vales, who has been responsible for the treatment of the respiratory area for many years. The waters of Termas de São Vicente are recommended for respiratory diseases, especially for people who have sinusitis, asthma and allergic rhinitis. Nasal irrigation helps to clear the airways, entering water into one nostril and exiting through the other. Inhalation releases sputum, “nose drops”, as well as aerosol treatment is recommended to treat bronchitis. Nebulization is considered a global treatment that reduces respiratory disorders.
The treatments made with this thermal water have shown many good results for the respiratory system and can be carried out since the age of 2. «Children have started these treatments since they were two years old and when they reach adolescence, they no longer have respiratory problems. Even for those who have great breathing difficulties after undergoing treatments, they start to breathe much better, feeling good in winter and early spring », explains Andreia Rocha, referring to other benefits:« When cleaning the nasal passages, with irrigation, we clean the bronchi, which helps us to breathe much better, it is also very useful for people who have sleep apnea ». Andreia Rocha considers that «it is very important to carry out the treatments with this thermal water before the winter season in order to avoid colds and to take antibiotics, as well as, if the treatments are done before the spring, the allergy to pollen provided is also avoided for this season of the year ”. It is recommended to perform it twice a year, or as soon as “the spa specialist feels more attacked”.
TO WALK WELL AND RELIEVE MUSCLE PAIN
Therapeutic indications for the waters of São Vicente also affect several rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders, namely using the hot steam greenhouses on the spine, where the therapist rests on his back, picking up the steam from the thermal water in the center of his spine, from the cervical area to the sacrum area, and this procedure helps a lot in healing and relieving pain. There is also the treatment of steam to the upper and lower limbs, made with modern equipment, indicated for those who have arthrosis, arthritis, poor circulation in the hands or feet in their hands and feet. In the thermal resort of Termas de São Vicente, you can find several testimonies of ladies who had difficulties in making lace and crochet because they had arthrosis in their fingers and who, after having carried out the steam treatment to the members, were able to carry out their activities without difficulties. Then, they show great joy for walking better.
Other thermal water treatments that allow relaxation and muscle pain relief are carried out in the dynamic thermal pool, which has 60 treatment options incorporated: waterfall, walking corridor, water beds, underwater, aerobath and countercurrents, and others. There are also several types of massages with water, cream or other modern and appropriate products in the SPA area.
SOURCE: Current Health