The general term “rheumatism” refers to dozens of different diseases of the rheumatic spectrum, which mainly affect the musculoskeletal system. Patients with rheumatism suffer from blurred and flowing pains, as well as from pulling and tearing pains in the musculoskeletal apparatus. They often come hand in hand with functional limitations.

The spectrum of inflammatory rheumatic diseases is wide and ranges from temporary arthritis of just a few joints without permanent damage to severe progressive arthritis where the joints are destroyed, causing severe disability for the patient. Many inflamatory rheumatic diseases are not restricted to the musculoskeletal system, and also affect internal organs, eyes or skin; these are systemic diseases who prefer aflicting the musculoskeletal system.

The rheumatic diseases include, e.g.:

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • seronegative spondylarthropathies

  • connective tissue disease

  • rheumatic fever

  • diseases of soft tissues

often, joint diseases with infections and partially also degenerative joint and spine diseases are associated with rheumatic diseases.

For many diseases of the rheumatic spectrum, a disorder of the immune system is manifested, after which the body attacks its own structures, such as the synovium (in rheumatoid arthritis). These so-called autoimmune diseases can – in the form of collagenose – occur as systemic diseases in which not only an organ or a body region is targeted, but similar tissue in many diferent organs are targeted by a misguided immune system. The causes for this malfunction of the immune system are still unknown.

Typical symptoms in rheumatic diseases are joint pain, joint swelling, joint stiffness, joint deformity, as well as tendon and bursa pain. Many rheumatic diseases develop symptoms on the eyes as well as on internal organs. General mood disorders can be very strong, especially in acute phases; they affect the entire organism. These include weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss and also moderate fever. Many patients complain of psychological problems or adverse drug reactions.

For the exact classification of a diagnosis, the detection of antibodies and genetic markers in the patient’s blood is an important factor. Various imaging techniques, in particular the conventional radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and scintigraphy are used to confirm the diagnosis, to determine the stage of the disease and to monitor progress.

Recommended therapies for the treatment of rheumatism:

Whole-body Hyperthermia

The healing effect of whole-body hyperthermia for patients with rheumatism is that we can very quickly bring the organism to high temperatures (up 40.5 °). This fast and high heating activates not only the immune system, but many degenerate cells are destroyed by the fast floods of heat. In addition to the damage or removal of possible cancer cells, the whole-body hyperthermia activates the immune system significantly without burdening the rest of the body. It triggers an immune cascade that enables the white blood cells to multiply.

Infusions with high-dose Vitamin C

At the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover we treat patients with rheumatism successfully with high-doses of vitamin C. The so-called ascorbic acid is the most popular vitamin and the most important antioxidant – i.e. it intercepts harmful free radicals in the body and makes them harmless – and in this way prevents the degeneration of cells. Vitamin C is also essential for the immune system and various restructuring processes in the body. When vitamin C is given in a high dosage, the treatment of rheumatism can be positively affected.


Neural therapy assumes that chronic ailments are caused by „interference fields“. Each part of the body, and each pathologically altered organ in the body can become an interference field. For the treatment of rheumatism, an anti-inflammatory anesthetic will be injected into the abnormal tissue structure – primarily in the Head zone – which causes relief to the aching body area and therefore also to the corresponding organ.