Hospital History

The Starobinskoye potassium salt deposit is the largest in Europe, as well as in the whole world. Spread over an area of 350 km2 near Soligorsk the mine is not only an industrial facility. One of its main values is the only national hospital for speleotherapy in Belarus.

TO WHOM IS A STAY IN THE SPELEOTHERAPEUTIC HOSPITAL INDICATED?

Since 1990, when the unique institution in Soligorsk received the first patients, here have recovered over 80 thousand patients, including about 20 thousand children.

Staying in the hospital is shown to patients with:

  • asthma;
  • obstructive bronchitis;
  • various forms of allergies;
  • weakened immune system;
  • chronic rhinitis;
  • sinusitis.

Today, patients from 10 to 60 years old can undergo health-improving procedures in speleo clinic.

  • Children under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent during the individual course.
  • Adolescents aged 16-18 years take a course on their own.

For patients over 55 years old, speleotherapy may not be safe.

Read more about the indications and contraindications for caving.

 

SPELEOTHERAPY IN SOLIGORSK ON THE GROUND AND UNDERGROUND

The ground part of speleotherapy is a comfortable sanatorium in Soligorsk. In the fenced well-groomed area there is a three-story building for the accommodation of patients, sports fields, as well as comfortable areas where you can quietly relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here patients are given massages and thermal chest treatments, various inhalations and baths.

The underground part of the salt clinic is exactly what makes the health facility unique. Here is where the real magic of speleotherapy takes place. At a depth of 420 meters there is a tunnel, which is equipped with healing rooms and resting rooms of speleotherapy hospital.

View a 3D tour of the speleotherapy hospital.

THE UNIQUE AIR IS THE MAIN HEALER

The air in the tunnel is truly healing. It is saturated with beneficial ions and naturally cleaned of allergens and harmful impurities. The adsorbent is kilometers of salt, which traps the negative elements. The unique neighborhood of red (sylvinite) and white (halite) salts also provides a powerful antibacterial and anti-allergenic effect.

Unbelievable but true, the spelearium treatment rooms contain only about 142 microbial bodies per one cubic meter of air. To compare, in the sterile conditions of the operating room this figure reaches 300-500, and in an ordinary hospital room – 5000. To enhance the healing properties of gas composition in the underground chambers is maintained at a constant temperature of 16-17C.

The special ventilation system used in the underground part of the speleotherapeutic clinic was developed and scientifically proved by the candidate of medical sciences Anatoly Bogdanovich.

SEVERAL HOURS IN THE SALT CAVE WITH PLEASURE AND BENEFIT

Every day at a strictly scheduled time, patients are lowered into the tunnel in the miner’s cage. A few hours in the underground part of speleotherapy can be spent not only for health benefits, but also with pleasure – to go to the gym, play tennis, billiards and even volleyball. Motion and deep breathing only contribute to recovery!

Today caving clinic services are very popular not only among the inhabitants of Belarus, but also among the citizens of other states. So if you want to feel on yourself all the healing properties of speleotherapy, relieve symptoms of lung diseases, improve immunity and have a good rest, we advise you to plan your stay in the resort in advance!

We recommend to get acquainted with the tour schedule and read the information for patients.

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