Many Conditions - One Solution

If you are battling with wear and tear of the joints, allergies or asthma, you have the best chance of success right here in Gastein.

Did you know that the natural forms of therapy in Gastein are actually ideal treatments for many different diseases and physical complaints?  

Our famous radon therapy in combination with therapeutic exercise puts an end to that vicious cycle of pain, muscle tension and restricted mobility. For arthrosis patients especially, it is an ideal approach to pain therapy.  However, many other disorders also respond successfully to treatment in Gastein. And in contrast to medication-based treatments, in Gastein the focus is on long-term improvement.


"After radon therapy and despite advanced arthrosis, I was completely pain-free for the first time in 10 years. I can sleep through the night again and walk without a problem." (Dr. Michael Zippe, Trassem, Germany)

Conditions affecting the musculoskeletal apparatus:

Bechterew’s Disease and Spondyloarthropathies

Bechterew’s Disease patients suffer from chronic rheumatic inflammation of the spine – though the pelvic area and axial skeleton may also be affected. The condition often results in stiffness of the spine. The illness first manifests itself in the form of back pain, mainly during the nighttime hours. Generally, movement reduces the pain. Up till now, only the symptoms are treatable.


How Gastein therapies alleviate Bechterew’s Disease

The Healing Gallery, in particular, is the world’s most effective treatment of Bechterew’s Disease. Every year, thousands of patients who have received a Bechterew’s diagnosis come to Gastein Valley, in order to take advantage of the intensive form of radon therapy it offers. However, therapies involving thermal water as well as radon vapor baths also bring relief to Bechterew’s patients. Under certain conditions it is possible in Austria for employed persons diagnosed with Bekhterev's disease to receive an annual Healing Gallery treatment as a voluntary benefit by the health insurance carrier. Which makes a lot of sense, considering that pain relief after a program of Healing Gallery therapy - ideally spanning 3 weeks – is sustained for the following 9 months on average. Less pain also equates to less need for pain medications. Which in turn represents a positive improvement in quality of life for the patient.



Therapy: Healing Gallery, thermal baths, sub-aqua therapy with waterjet massage (only for mobility impairments, late-stage blockages and muscular rheumatism), Fango, mud packs.

Rheumatoid arthritis (formerly known as chronic polyarthritis)

When the bones and joints hurt, we generally talk about rheumatism. This is an umbrella term for joint complaints: these include pain resulting from wear and tear (arthrosis) or inflammation (arthritis), or acute attacks due to metabolic conditions such as gout. Science has recently discovered that all inflammatory forms of rheumatism have an autoimmune disease in common. In other words, the immune system begins targeting its own body. The result is inflammation that may damage the joints or organs. With respect to rheumatoid arthritis especially, this involves an inflammatory disease which affects the synovial membrane.


How Gastein therapies alleviate rheumatoid arthritis

Radon therapy in Gastein activates the body’s own anti-inflammatory and immune-regulatory mechanisms. With this as the foundation, targeted exercise therapy is able to improve joint alignment and mobility. Thermal water as well as the Gastein Healing Gallery are the main therapies used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. During particularly acute flareups, the radon thermal vapor baths in Bad Gastein represents a sensible alternative. An acute attack with high inflammatory activity demands particular caution with respect to heat therapy. The physicians at the Gastein therapy centers are very well acquainted with the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis. They know precisely which treatment is most suitable based on the situation as well as the extent of inflammation within the body.



Therapy: thermal baths, sub-aqua therapy with waterjet massage, Fango, mud packs, Healing Gallery, physiotherapy, exercise therapy.


Arthrosis is primarily a non-inflammatory joint complaint, characterized by wear and tear on the joint cartilage. It is the most common reason for joint pain, mostly in the knees (gonarthrosis) or the hips (coxarthrosis). The cause is disruption to cartilage metabolism, resulting in too much cartilage breaking down. This is often associated with painful inflammation of the synovial membrane, leading to swelling.


How Gastein therapies alleviate arthroses

Radon therapy stimulates cell division, which in turn restores balance to cartilage metabolism. At the same time, anti-inflammatory messenger substances are released, reducing pain in the joints including the knees, hips and back. The wamth and therapeutic climate increase blood- and oxygen-flow to the joints – which in turn promotes self-healing processes inside the body.


Therapy: Healing Gallery, thermal baths, sub-aqua therapy with waterjet massage (only for mobility impairments, late-stage blockages and muscular rheumatism), Fango, mud packs.

Spinal Syndrome

A series of structures, such as the intervertebral discs, the small facet joints, the neck and shoulder musculature, though also misalignment of the cervical spine, may cause adverse symptoms. Therapy is similar to that of Bechterew’s Disease patients. Radon therapy produces significant pain relief and improved mobility.


Therapy: Healing Gallery, thermal baths, sub-aqua therapy with waterjet massage, Fango, mud packs.

Tendinitis, painful ligaments, tendinosis

Patients suffering from tendinosis (commonly known as tennis elbow, shoulder stiffness, inflamed Achilles’ heel etc.) have a high likelihood of therapeutic success from bathing treatments. The cause of this generally very stubborn condition is inflammation of the tendon sheaths at the attachment points resulting from continual overuse.


Therapy: thermal baths, mud, Fango, cryotherapy (cold therapy with poultices or ice bags).

Civilization diseases such as back pain, knee pain, joint pain, hip pain

While numerous conditions are associated with pain from the locomotor apparatus, many of us also have very sedentary daily activities – the result is back pain, muscular tension in the shoulder and neck area, curvature of the spine as well as joint pain. However, knee- and hip pain are often part of daily life for younger adults as well. Others, for their part, want to do what they can to avoid having to deal with such problems in future – the “Gastein Cure” makes this possible, too.


How Gastein therapies alleviate back problems etc.

Radon therapy stimulates cell division and, therefore, the repair mechanism within each individual cell. The body’s cell structure is essentially rejuvenated. Furthermore, anti-inflammatory messenger substances are released, alleviating joint pain in the knees, hips or back. Warmth as well as floating in thermal water is soothing and relaxing for over-taxed muscles. Especially for those joints whose needs are harder to cater to, the warmth and das therapeutic climate  both help increase blood flow and oxygen supply – likewise serving as catalysts for the body’s self-healing processes. Exercise therapies and sports are both excellent forms of prevention that can be continued at home. When you first feel the healing effects of exercise as well as a life free of pain for months after Gastein therapy, it is also easier to overcome the initial inertia of being back home. That said, the “Gastein Cure” may very well provide much-needed motivation for a healthier lifestyle and a higher quality of life.


Therapy: thermal baths, sub-aqua therapy with waterjet massage, Fango, mud packs, Healing Gallery,  physiotherapy.


“Everything hurts” - There is perhaps no more succinct or accurate way to sum up what fibromyalgia syndrome is all about. A chronic complaint producing pain in the muscles and soft tissue. Accompanying symptoms might also include sleep disorders, fatigue, exhaustion, feeling unwell, stiffness first thing in the morning, shaking, dizziness, depression, sensory disturbances, migraines and tension headaches, sensations of swelling close to joints, respiratory and heart complaints, digestive problems, abdominal cramping etc. Even this long list of symptoms clearly shows that this illness is often difficult to pigeonhole, and patients are often not even taken seriously. It is even more difficult to treat the illness. The current state of scientific knowledge suggests that it is caused by an underlying disorder involving the body’s pain-processing mechanisms.


How Gastein therapies alleviate fibromyalgia

It is in cases of illnesses such as fibromyalgia that sufferers, often after having searched for effective therapies for years, find the relief they long for in the form of the “Gastein Cure”. In Gastein, fibromyalgia patients experience a resurgence of strength. Here, we understand the pain you are having to deal with, and we will help you improve the quality of your life once more. Radon therapy, especially in the Gastein Healing Gallery, is a natural form of treatment that has brought long, sustained pain relief to many patients suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome.


Radon treatment releases anti-inflammatory substances into the body, activates the immune system as well as cell renewal. This relaxes and alleviates pain in natural ways. Exercise in Gastein Thermal Water and other therapies offered locally do their part to positively affect patient outcomes.


Therapy: Healing Gallery, thermal baths, sub-aqua therapy with waterjet massage, Fango, mud packs, physiotherapy.


Osteoporosis refers to increasing bone decalcification and reduction in bone mass. The bones become more brittle. Due to reduced stability, bones may break even if put under very little stress or after a relatively minor fall. This illness may also result in the vertebrae of the thoracic and lumbar spine slowly collapsing in on themselves, thereby causing pain. It often takes the kind of pain therapy offered in Gastein to put patients in a position for the first time to get the necessary exercise and physiotherapy to gently build up muscular strength.


Therapy: thermal baths, Healing Gallery, sub-aqua therapy, physiotherapy.

Treatment of Skin Disorders

The Gastein Healing Gallery is especially effective in the treatment of such skin disorders as psoriasis, neurodermatitis and scleroderma. The combination of heat and radon therapy reduces inflammation and promotes healing. Mild hyperthermia essentially teaches the body how to sweat again. The air in the Healing Gallery is free of dust and allergens. In this environment, skin-related symptoms can be reduced or even completely eliminated. The immune system is stabilized, inflammation is inhibited and the skin's normal ability to respond restored.

Skin Complaints:


Skin eczema, inflammation, dryness and irritation? This might be the result of atopic dermatitis, also known as neurodermatitis. Children, especially, suffer from this skin complaint up through puberty. Adults may be affected also. Generally, this illness flares up in stress situations or due to skin irritants (ingredients in skin creams, etc.), lasting only briefly or for a more extended time. Treatment of neurodermatitis can often prove difficult, since the illness is also partially hereditary.


How Gastein therapies alleviate neurodermatitis

Due to accelerated cell repair resulting from radon therapy, skin complexion improves. Sessions inside the <link kur heilmittel heilstollen>Gastein Healing Gallery are gentle on the skin and do not dry it out, in contrast to repetitive bathing therapies. The combination of warmth and radon therapy reduces inflammation and promotes healing. Mild hyperthermia teaches the body how to sweat again. The air inside the Healing Gallery is allergen- and dust-free. Here, skin symptoms may be significantly reduced or, in some cases, disappear completely. The immune system is stabilized, inflammation inhibited and normal reactivity of the skin restored. 


Psoriasis is characterized by clearly delineated, reddish, slightly raised inflammation of the skin, which is covered by scales. It is mostly the knees, elbows, scalp and tailbone that are affected. Symptoms occur sporadically and may continue for varying periods of time. In some cases, the inner organs are also affected or the patient encounters joint inflammation (psoriatic arthritis). The condition may occur at any age. Scientists are still in the dark about the genesis and causes of this illness. However, a genetic predisposition increases the likelihood, while there are also indications that the immune system plays an important role in determining the course of the disease. Psoriasis is not currently curable – however, a customized and well-coordinated course of therapy may often result in extensive remission.


How Gastein therapies alleviate psoriasis

Psoriasis occurs with varying degrees of severity and - since it is a systemic inflammatory complaint – may also affect different organs. With this in mind, it is very important to design a therapy program tailored specifically to the individual patient’s needs. Physicians who oversee Gastein-style therapy can guarantee this. Thanks to accelerated cell repair and the anti-inflammatory messenger substances released in the process, radon therapy may positively impact various manifestations of this condition. The immune system, which plays an important role in the progression of the disease, is stimulated and stabilized. Inflammation throughout the body is inhibited in natural ways. The warmth restores balance to the immune system. As a consequence, inflamed joints may also be positively affected and inflammatory swelling reduced. This also promotes the body’s own repair systems and self-healing processes.

Alleviation of Chronic Respiratory Disorders

The hypoallergenic, dust-free alpine climate, moist heat and elevated radon levels in the Gastein Healing Gallery are harnessed successfully to combat chronic diseases affecting the respiratory system. The goal is to achieve long-term improvement in lung function.


Many positive accounts from asthma patients, allergy sufferers, patients with chronic sinusitis as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease document the sustained relief of symptoms subsequent to a course of asthma therapy in the Gastein Healing Gallery. Asthma attacks as well as cortisone use are reduced significantly after treatment in Gastein.

Respiratory Complaints:

Chronic bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema, bronchial asthma

Chronic inflammation of mucous membrane inside the bronchi causes chronic bronchitis (the bronchial tubes branch out and transport the air we breathe into our lungs). Continual coughing and phlegm production are the consequences. In severe cases, bronchitis may progress into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If that occurs, the respiratory passages are permanently narrowed and you simply don’t have enough air to breathe. The scientific assumption is that pollutants, such as tobacco smoke, restrict the self-cleansing mechanisms of the bronchial tubes. As a result, pollutants are lodged in the lungs and cause inflammation. Primary treatments include protection of the bronchi from harmful influences, fighting infections and measures designed to expand the bronchial tubes. Currently, there are no specific medications that can prevent degeneration in lung function.


Bronchial asthma produces a cramping and narrowing of the respiratory passages, as well as excess mucus production in combination with shortness of breath and coughing. Very often, a psychogenic component is also partially responsible. Allergic factors resulting from environmental pollution are on the rise.


How Gastein therapies alleviate respiratory conditions

Radon therapy activates the repair mechanisms within every cell. Not only does this lead to the cells healing themselves, it also sends out anti-inflammatory messenger substances. This, in turn, activates the immune cells, which produce anti-inflammatory substances of their own. This begins a regenerative chain reaction that allows the body to heal itself. As a consequence, inflammation is inhibited and pain reduced. Air inside the Healing Gallery is highly suitable for allergy sufferers, as well as those suffering from bronchitis and asthma – not least because there are virtually no pollutants inside the gallery. The air in the Gastein mountains is also crystal-clear and low in allergens, which is ideal for patients with lung problems. The Gastein Cure allows patients to take a deep breath again and enjoy an alleviation of symptoms that barely respond to classic medication.


Therapy: Healing Gallery, stays at mountain elevations (“climate therapy”), sauna, percussion and trigger-point massage, respiratory physiotherapy, thermal inhalation

Are you suffering from one of the following disorders?

If so, radon therapy will help you improve your quality of life:  

  • Arthrosis
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • COPD