Ivanić Grad (near Zagreb, Croatian capital) Rheumatic diseases medical therapy with a type of naphthenic oil – naphthalan

Expected benefits for your health:

  • Gives comfort and reduces painful inflammatory conditions
  • Reduction of swelling and redness,
  • Alleviation of pain
  • improvement of the general condition,
  • Reduced intensity and shortened duration of “morning stiffness”.

Naphthalan therapy

What is naphthalan therapy?

Naphthalan, a natural mineral oil, is a natural therapeutic agent. It does not cause skin irritation and is not carcinogenic.

Naphthalan therapy is applied through:

  • Bathing in naphthalan in a purpose-built bath tub and
  • Applying naphthalan to the entire body.

In the first instance, when taking a naphthalan bath, the patient is immersed in naphthalan oil at a temperature of 34 to 38oC up to his/her shoulders, for 8 to 14 minutes a day.

In the second case, the patient’s body is covered with naphthalan and exposed to UVA – UVB lamp light for 15 to 20 minutes.

Price information

Price per person for 14 days stay, including 12 days of rehabilitation therapy from:

for rheumatic diseases

€1,200 for double room and €1,500 for single room, full board and the rehabilitation programme as described

additional week

€750 for additional week in a rehabilitation centre on the Adriatic coast

At free time and weekends clients can visit the Croatian capital Zagreb and learn more about the culture, history and local customs, food and drinks.

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Find out more about additional therapies using naphthalan:


The therapeutic medium, naphthalan, driven by an electric field, is introduced from the cathode into the affected area.


Naphthalan is applied as the contact medium between the ultrasound probe and the targeted body area.

Application of the sonophoresis onto small hand and feet joints is performed in a naphthalan bath into which the ultrasound probe is immersed with the patient after being positioned to target the affected body area.


A crude solid preparation containing 30% naphthalan, a mixture of paraffin, wax and camphor is applied as a warm compress or by dipping into a solution of these ingredients by heating, as with a paraffin application.

This thermotherapy procedure results in an extremely prolonged thermal effect and a very pleasant reaction.

This therapy yields specific rehabilitation effects even in case of inflammatory rheumatism because pain is alleviated, swelling is reduced, muscle tension is relaxed and the previously limited range of motion is increased.

Applying naphthalan under occlusive dressing

Applying naphthalan onto skin, under a PVC foil as an occlusive dressing, is often done at night to treat affected areas.


Other therapies


Hydrotherapy is carried out in a pool filled with thermomineral water. Water is extracted from a depth of 1,300 m. underground. It is salty water which contains a mixture of sodium-chloride, iodine and other useful minerals. The water temperature at the source is 60oC and in the pool, after it has been cooled, about 34oC.

Exercises, under a physical therapist’s supervision, are carried out in the pool which can be used for free recreation and bathing in the afternoons and weekends.


The patients are especially fond of massage which is carried out by experienced masseuses in the following forms:

  • underwater massage,
  • manual massage of the entire body or partial body massage.

Medical gymnastics (kinesitherapy)

As part of medical therapy, as a group or an individual, medical gymnastics are performed under a physical therapist’s supervision. These activities are carried out in the hospital´s gym specially equipped with all the necessary accessories.

Thermotherapy, Phototherapy, Electrotherapy, Magnetotherapy

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You just drop us an email with your basic information via contact form on the right and we will get in touch with you to take care of all your healthcare needs.

If you wish to give us more info about number of  persons or time of your stay you can write it in Notes box.

If you are not sure about details don’t worry we will contact you and guide you through the process.

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