Therapies - Terme Čatež


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Medical experts, healing treatments and rehabilitation as well as thermal water are the basis for therapy, treatment and rehabilitation programmes at Terme Čatež.

Treatment includes the following therapies:


Hydrotherapy is a part of balneotherapy, where with the help of thermal water and baths the natural strength of the immune system is stimulated. Balneological therapies, such as guided group medical hydrogymnastics, assisted hydrogymnastics in the Hubbard tub, underwater massages, pearl baths, Halliwick and Watsu therapy, are used especially with severe injuries of spinal and locomotor systems and chronic inflammatory diseases of the joints and spine.

Guided group medical hydrogymnastics - Group hydrogymnastics comprises instructor-guided group aquatic exercises, where the water in case of a slow motion gives assistance to weak muscle. If the movements are performed fast, the water resistance helps reinforce the respective muscle groups.

Exercises in the Hubbard tub - If patients cannot get into a pool, we try to achieve positive effects of aquatic exercise by assisting them in a tub which allows for much grater range of movement.

Halliwick method for cerebral palsy - The Halliwick method is a form of neurophysiotherapy suitable for some neurology patients, mainly after a stroke, and for children suffering from cerebral palsy, who relax during aquatic exercise and can perform certain movements.

Aquatic Watsu - Watsu is an anti-stress programme by which a total relaxation, alleviation of pain and better mobility of joints and the spine are achieved. It is carried out in water and is recommended as a supplement to medical therapy. It accelerates the mobility of joints and alleviates spinal pain. The relaxed muscles, joints and surrounding structures enable normal mobility of the body. Watsu is an individual therapy, entirely adjusted to the individual's health condition and general well-being.

Pearl baths-  In a pearl bath soft air bubbles gently massage the body thus allowing full relaxation.

Underwater massage - A physiotherapist massages body parts with a stream of water applied at variable force.

Kinesiotherapy or therapeutic gymnastics

Kinesiotherapy includes active, assisted and passive therapeutic exercise or mobilisation of joint as well as individual or group therapeutic gymnastics, active relaxation exercises, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), individual prenatal and postnatal exercises, individual exercises of the pelvic floor muscles, group breathing exercises, endurance exercises, proprioception exercises, suspension exercises, functional training, walking and standing school, ball exercises, occupational therapy and neurophysiotherapy (Bobath).  

Guided therapeutic gymnastics

Kinesiotherapy is performed individually or in groups, depending on the patient's medical condition.

Passive exercises or joint mobilisation

With limited joint mobility, exercises and mobilisation are aimed at improving or normalising the movement range or at least functional mobility of the joint.

Active relaxation exercises of the body

The main purpose of active relaxation exercises is to learn to distinguish between tense and relaxed muscles or muscle groups and to reduce the tension.

Neurophysiotherapy – Bobath 

Neurophysiotherapy is a technique used only for special, usually neurological disorders. It is performed on the affected and healthy part of the body. A patient is encouraged to perform selective movements and combinations of movements that will later facilitate functional tasks.

Functional training – walking and standing school

Functional training is designed to retrain patients in all that which they are unable to do because of the disease or injury and which enhances their ability to independently perform basic activities in daily life. The stress is on transfers, dressing, feeding, personal hygiene, toilet training.


Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) – moving in multiple planes, encompassing several joints at the same time. It improves mobility and muscle strength, coordination and thus the function of the entire limb.

Ball exercises

A set of exercises performed with a ball, for alleviating various health problems.

Individual prenatal and postnatal exercises

Prenatal exercises are safe and beneficial for pregnant women, and enable them to get into shape more quickly.

Individual exercises of the pelvic floor muscles

Incontinentia is frequent in women of older age. By regular and correct exercises for strengthening pelvic floor muscles this problem can be significantly reduced.

Group breathing exercises

The so-called "good morning" group breathing exercises are during the warm season performed outdoors. They involve body stretching and stretching of joints and make the start of a new day easier.

Endurance exercises

Endurance exercises (pedalling, quadriceps bench) are meant to improve physical endurance by strengthening muscles and improving the cardiovascular and respiratory endurance.

Suspension exercises

These exercises are designed for strengthening rather weak muscle groups of extremities. They are performed by implementing one's own body weight and manipulating gravity.

Occupational therapy

Therapy designed for improving the function and strength of arm in various ways.

Walking and standing school

A bedridden or severely mobility impaired patient is taught to stand up and gradually learns to walk independently assisted by a device or without it.


The therapy is used for the strengthening of muscles and nerves, and easing pain by means of modern electrotherapy procedures: pain relief therapy (DD, IF, TENS), magnetic therapy and electrostimulation.

Pain relief therapy (DD, IF, TENS)
Pain relief therapy (Interference; Tens; Diadynamic) – use of different impulses or electric current modulations to alleviate pain of any cause.

A therapy with which a patient learns how to properly contract certain muscles where a sound or light signal appears on contraction.

Electric current is used to stimulate muscles lacking innervation to make them contract, thus maintaining the contractibility of the muscle.

Magnetic therapy
A magnetic field is used for alleviating pain, accelerating fracture healing and improving overall condition.


Thermotherapy improves the mobility of joints and muscles and alleviates pain: mud/fango and paraffin wraps and baths are used for soothing chronic pain of the locomotor system, muscle tension and alleviation of pain. Thermopack gel pads are used to improve circulation, while acute inflammations and injuries are treated by ice gel cooling pads (cryopacks) to soothe the pain, reduce muscle tension and swelling.

Fango is used for healing chronic pain of the skeleton by means of heat. The mud is warmed up (42–45 °C). It has high thermal capacity and low conductivity, and thus steadily delivers warmth to the lower layers of tissue over a considerable period of time.

Paraffin is heated and mainly distal segments of extremities are dived into it. It hardens at room temperature and preserves warmth for a long time.

Gel-filled pads are heated up and placed on certain body parts. This results in heating of that specific body part, muscle relaxation, alleviating of pain and improved circulation.

Cryopack, cryotherapy
Cooling of certain body parts is used for therapeutic purposes. It is applied in cases of acute inflammation, it reduced trauma pain, muscle spasms and swelling.


Main therapeutic procedures of mechanotherapy include classic manual massage, manual and machine-aided lymph drainage and TRU TRAC.

Classic manual massages
Classic manual massages are intended to improve the blood circulation, relax the muscles, alleviate pain, and sooth and relax the body in general.

Manual lymph drainage
Manual technique to successfully eliminate swelling.

Machine-aided lymph drainage
Machine-aided therapy where positive pressure is applied to specific body parts to encourage elimination of fluid from extracellular spaces.

Foot reflexology massage
Massage technique where the therapist massages feet by applying pressure to acupressure points and establishing energy balance.

Watsu is an anti-stress programme by which relaxation, alleviation of pain and better mobility of joints and the spine are achieved. It is carried out in water and is recommended as a supplement to medical therapy. It promotes the mobility of joints and alleviates spinal pain. The relaxed muscles, joints and surrounding structures enable normal mobility of the body. Watsu is an individual therapy, entirely adjusted to the individual's health condition and general well-being.

A special device is used to somewhat stretch the spine and partly release the muscles next to it to alleviate back or leg pain.

Therapeutic ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound involves treatment by high-frequency sound waves, undetectable to the human ear. Ultrasound waves influence minute cells and molecules, stimulating their movement. The mechanic energy passing through tissues is converted into warmth.

Therapeutic ultrasound effects
Therapeutic ultrasound in continuous mode has a micromassage and thermal effect beneficial for various chronic inflammatory processes and is performed before stretching of tense structures. Pulsed ultrasound, which has a smaller thermal effect, is suitable for treating recent injuries of muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. The depth of ultrasound penetration depends on selected frequency, output power and type of tissue treated.


Physiotherapy is often performed by means of a therapeutic laser. This involves low-lever laser beams with wavelength that may fall within the visual or interference field of electromagnetic spectrum. The physiological effects attributed to laser therapy are reduced pain, accelerated healing and fewer micro organisms.

Laser can thus improve microcirculation and tissue regeneration, it has an anti-inflammatory effect (normalising the blood circulation) and slows down the transmission of pain impulses towards the central nervous system.

It is suitable for practically all types of injuries – from skin problems to tendon inflammation. It is particularly effective in healing wounds.

Zdravstveni center Terme Čatež d.d.
Topliška cesta 35

Delovni čas: ponedeljek – petek 7.00 -15.00
An appointment with a doctor can be arranged in person or by telephone
Monday to Friday, from 8.00 a.m. to 1 p.m.