A group of experts from the Sežana Hospital –
doctors – specialists in internal medicine,
physiotherapists, nurses, etc. – has developed a successful
rehabilitation programme for chronic pulmonary patients,
which it has been carrying out for more than ten years now.
The programme is carried out
under special climatic conditions, i.e. in a Karst cave, for
which the term “SPELEOTHERAPY”
is also used in similar centres across Europe.
The programme makes use of
special climatic conditions for a complex rehabilitation
programme, which is performed by bringing attendants of the
programme to an
underground Karst cave during their rehabilitation.
The Karst therapy programme
is carried out in compliance with basics of pulmonary
rehabilitation, from which it follows:
Attendants of the programme are treated according to the valid medical doctrine
(are given the prescribed medicament therapy);
The harmonised rehabilitation programme has a goal
(improving pulmonary function, psychological and physical
condition and quality of life, reducing hospitalisation, use
of medicines and sick leave etc.);
Exercises for breathing, physical shape and relaxation are
It is performed by a multidisciplinary therapeutic team
(doctor - specialist, physiotherapists, highly and medium
qualified nurses, social workers, occupational therapists,
psychologists, dietitians etc.);
Attendants of the
receive education (about respiratory diseases, use
of medicines, healthy way of living, healthy nutrition
Rehabilitation is mostly performed in groups – occasionally
Attendants of the programme spend only 4 hours a day in the cave.
Various other activities are available in spare time, such
as taking walks, jogging, swimming, bicycling etc.
Activities are adjusted to attendants according to their
wishes and capabilities.