Carbon dioxide bath in Karlovy Vary
Carbonic dioxide baths have a complex effect. This means that the patient’s body is experiencing: Firstly, the chemical effect due to the penetration of carbon dioxide into the blood through the skin, which has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and the central nervous system. Secondly, the temperature effect (the so-called temperature massage), since the skin in a two-phase “water-gas” environment experiences different temperature effects: water, the temperature of which is 35-38 °C, and gas bubbles, the temperature of which is lower and may be 12–25 °C. Thirdly, physical or tactile impact due to gas bubbles, which, settling and escaping from the skin surface, cause a point-like massage effect.