Sit ups with sea view, © TMV/H2F

It's no surprise: If our musculoskeletal system indicates that it's not doing well, exercise is the best way to help it. Whether it's back pain or slipped discs, knee problems or osteoporosis, we need to appropriately give the apparatus a new lease of life and gradually strengthen bones, joints and muscles.

It's no surprise: If our musculoskeletal system indicates that it's not doing well, exercise is the best way to help it. Whether it's back pain or slipped discs, knee problems or osteoporosis, we need to appropriately give the apparatus a new lease of life and gradually strengthen bones, joints and muscles.

On a spa vacation focusing on the musculoskeletal system, experts diagnose the specific causes of your problems and provide targeted guidance and individual assistance as to which measures can provide you with relief or even a cure. In this way, a health vacation will literally put you back in shape - and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, you'll be in fantastic surroundings to boot.

Get fit with the power of nature

Natural remedies such as moor or brine are part of the therapy plan in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for slipped discs, lumbago, back pain and other indications related to the musculoskeletal system. The costs for many of these treatments and for individual pain therapies are covered or partially subsidized by the health insurance.

Moor baths

In the case of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, mud packs and thick mud baths support the healing process. With its valuable ingredients, the well-known mud has an anti-inflammatory and thus pain-relieving effect on joints, spine and muscles. Mud baths and packs also provide relief for back and neck pain and rheumatic complaints. Depending on the indication, there are applications with cold or heated mud. For example, inflammatory joint pain can be treated well with cold mud packs, while certain back pain can be treated with warm mud packs.

Brine baths and floating

Many places in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offer thermal or seawater swimming pools with salty water. The separate brine pools contain water with a salt content of at least 1.5 percent to promote circulation and relieve inflammation. When the water reaches a salinity of about 20 percent, the body experiences tremendous buoyancy in this strong brine, which makes floating baths, or floating, possible. Weightless floating has a relaxing effect on all muscle groups and at the same time relieves pain in diseases of the back, spine and joints.

Aqua gymnastics

Aquagymnastics is a particularly gentle form of physical activity despite back pain, aching joints or ligaments. In the pleasantly tempered water, the natural buoyancy reduces one's own body weight and thus relieves the entire musculoskeletal system. This way, strength and flexibility can be trained under the expert guidance of a therapist, even if your back, joints or neck are aching. In addition, aqua gymnastics, which is easy on the joints, improves general fitness, activates the cardiovascular system and increases calorie turnover for increased fat burning.

Walking and cycling

Exercise supports the healing process for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with its predominantly flat landscape, invites you to go on cycling or hiking tours that do not overtax you and can therefore be managed comfortably. Well-developed cycling and hiking trails lead through unspoiled countryside and dense forests, past manor houses and fieldstone churches or connect the highlights in the national parks on the Bodden, lake district and Baltic coast. Hiking and biking can relieve back pain and joint pain because exercise releases tension, strengthens muscles and revitalizes the entire organism.

Strengthen muscles and improve mobility

Defy movement pain

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers a wealth of therapy options for musculoskeletal disorders, from back training to pain therapy. Floating, hiking or cycling tours can usefully support the recovery process during a health vacation.

Cycling on 21 cycle routes

If you explore the varied landscapes of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on a bicycle, you will strengthen your back muscles and stabilize your spine at the same time. In addition to nine long-distance cycle routes that crisscross the state, a total of 21 signposted circular tours offer the best views of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Some of these adventure tours are suitable for day trips, others can be easily divided into stages.

Floating in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

In various places in the state, you can relax and regenerate in weightlessness while floating. Floating in warm water, joints, lumbar vertebrae and muscles are noticeably relieved, so that you hardly feel any pain while bathing:

Interview with Prof. Wolfram Mittelmeier

From endoprosthetics to foot surgery and spinal orthopedics, the Orthopedic Clinic and Polyclinic of Rostock University Medical Center covers a wide range of treatments for diseases of the musculoskeletal system. We spoke with Clinic Director Prof. Wolfram Mittelmeier about what the clinic offers in the preventive area.

Clinic generally stands for acute treatment. What does preventive treatment involve?

Prof. Mittelmeier: Of course, in the day-to-day running of a clinic, the focus is on the entire range of treatment options for illnesses or injuries. But there are certainly opportunities to take a preventive approach. In our pediatric orthopedic consultation, for example: If we are dealing with overweight children, we recommend - in addition to specific treatment - more exercise and a healthy diet. This often has an impact on the whole family. In this way, both the patient and the environment benefit from a consciously healthy lifestyle. Prevention of the musculoskeletal system is one of the focal points of our sports orthopedics section. In addition, with the involvement of physiotherapists and sports scientists, we look after the German national karate squad and, in our sports consultation hours, many young, healthy athletes - both prevention at a high level.

Does your heart beat for athletes?

Prof. Mittelmeier: Yes. Children and adolescents, who are still growing, are particularly prone to asymmetrical load profiles. Regular orthopedic checkups prevent joint damage in competitive athletes at an early stage. In orthopedic consultations, we also try to teach people to integrate sports units into their life profile. Together with the Moorbad Bad Doberan Rehabilitation Clinic, we are also partners in the "Treated like a top athlete" program of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) health insurance fund for injuries typical of sports.

You are one of Germany's top physicians in hip and knee surgery; your clinic is recognized as a maximum care endoprosthetics center and has thus been highly ranked in Focus lists for several years. Do guests in the country also benefit from your expertise?

Prof. Mittelmeier: In the field of arthroplasty, we are currently forming a network with other hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and centers, practicing therapists and orthopedic technology companies. Accompanied by a digital networking structure, we are pursuing several goals: Patients should receive appointments more quickly, and the transfer from the acute clinic to rehab should be seamless. In the orthopedic field, we also want to optimize the transfer strategies between hospitals. Video conferencing and the digital transfer of patient data are designed to avoid the occasional complications that have arisen to date. All of this will also benefit patients who do not come from MV. By the way, we have arranged discounts with selected hotels for the accommodation of accompanying relatives.

For Ayurveda doctor Dr. Shetty, yoga on the beach is important for a feeling of well-being - but soccer has also become, © TMV/Mirko Boy

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Gentle exercise helps with back pain

It seems like a contradiction, but bed rest is not recommended for lumbago, back or neck pain. Instead, medically prescribed walking, hiking or light stretching and strengthening exercises are the order of the day. However, proceed cautiously and stop when the pain increases.

Exercise is the best medicine

Scientific studies show that exercise is one of the most important therapies for pain in joints or the spine. Even with osteoarthritis, a painful disease of the articular cartilage caused by wear and tear, you should by no means take it easy. Exercise promotes muscle development around the joints and also stimulates the formation of synovial fluid. In addition, movement supports the distribution of joint fluid to cartilage and intervertebral discs. Unnatural relieving postures to avoid acute pain, however, often lead to aching joints or further consequential problems due to incorrect loading. Therefore, sports that are easy on the joints, such as swimming, dancing, hiking, Nordic walking or cycling, are particularly suitable. Mountain biking or ball sports, on the other hand, should be avoided if you have joint problems.

The common complaint of back pain

Current studies show that around 80% of adults in Germany have suffered from back pain at least once in their lives. This makes low back pain one of the most common complaints. In a survey conducted by telephone in 2009/10, one in four women and one in six men stated that they had suffered from persistent back pain for at least three months within the last year. In addition, the frequency of chronic back pain increases with age. However, this often involves more than "just" pain in the back. Osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, depression and obesity are considered common comorbidities of chronic back pain.

Prescription for exercise

The German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the German Medical Association developed the "Prescription for Exercise" as a joint initiative. Issued by a physician, the prescription is intended as an orientation aid for an active everyday life. Binding quality criteria ensure that the recommended exercise programs are relevant and suitable. Health programs certified with the "Sport pro Gesundheit" quality seal support patients preventively or in the healing process, even with specific musculoskeletal complaints. The course costs for the issued prescription usually have to be paid by the patient. Nevertheless, there is the possibility that selected courses are subsidized by the health insurance. Further information can be found under the heading Health Sports on the website of the Landessportbund MV.

Facilities for your health vacation

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Heringsdorf beach hotel

  • Liehrstraße, 17424 Heringsdorf

Located directly on the promenade and beach, with elegant and friendly ambience for your vacation. Relax in our beauty center and Sindbad thermal bath. Exquisite cuisine with winter garden and terrace directly on the beach promenade.

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© Kurmittelcentrum Zingst

Spa center Zingst

  • Rämel, 18374 Zingst

The Kurmittelcentrum Zingst is a public spa house with swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. The house also includes 38 comfortably furnished vacation apartments.

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© Kurzentrum Waren (Müritz)

Waren (Müritz) spa center

  • Am Kurpark, 17192 Waren (Müritz)

Let your soul dangle on vacation, enjoy beautiful moments and free time and do something good for your health. For your relaxing health and pampering vacation, the Waren (Müritz) spa center in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District combines 4-star hotel comfort with healing therapies and wellness treatments.

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© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

Spa house Baabe

  • Closed today
  • Strandstraße, 18586 Ostseebad Baabe

Health and relaxation in Baltic resort Baabe.

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© AKZENT Waldhotel Göhren GmbH

Akzent Waldhotel Göhren

  • Waldstraße, 18586 Göhren

The sea is at your feet with us!

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© HanseDom Stralsund GmbH

Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Grünhufer Bogen, 18437 Stralsund

True to the motto "Modernity meets Heritage", the Hanseatic City of Stralsund is a versatile center of attraction in the northeast of Germany. Look forward to northern German hospitality, modern 4-star comfort and the experience worlds of the Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel.

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© Hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen Cordes e.K.

Hotel Gutshaus Parin

  • Am Wirtschaftshof, 23948 Parin

Quiet and idyllic is the bio and health hotel Gutshaus Parin in the middle of the Mecklenburg nature.

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© Kathrin Engfer

Health practice Yoga&Ayurveda

  • Feldstraße, 18209 Bartenshagen-Parkentin

Lively. Light. Life. That sounds good, doesn't it? Would you like that too? With my health offers from yoga and Ayurveda, I am happy to support you on your way to a relaxed life - even beyond your vacation.

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Baltic resort Wustrow pier, © Ostsee-Kurklinik Fischland

Ostseekurklinik Fischland

  • An der Seenotstation, 18347 Wustrow

Here, preventive care, rehabilitation and recovery are combined under one roof. Diagnostics, therapies, consultations and training are carried out by our professional clinic team at the highest level.

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© Hotel Friesenhof

Hotel Friesenhof on Usedom

  • Bahnhofstraße, 17449 Trassenheide

The Hotel Friesenhof offers fantastic rides to the Baltic Sea beach in Trassenheide as well as special health holidays on Usedom. Beneficial fitness sessions, healthy food, relaxation and practical knowledge for a healthier lifestyle are combined - all in the marvellous setting of the island of Usedom.

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© Hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen Cordes e. K.

Hotel Manor Stellshagen

  • Lindenstraße, 23948 Stellshagen

Close to the Baltic Sea, the organic and health hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen is nestled in wide fields and meadows.

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© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

Spa clinic Sellin

  • Kurweg, 18586 Sellin

Mother-child cures / father-child cures - Inseltraum Rügen brings you back health.

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© Marie Kohlen

DeafVentures

  • Suhrendorf, 18569 Ummanz

DeafVentures offers you kitesurfing courses that are adapted to your needs. The team includes two deaf kitesurfing instructors, a sign language interpreter and a hearing kitesurfing instructor who also diligently learns DGS!

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© Waldhotel Göhren GmbH

Spa and Wellness Hotel Mönchgut

  • Waldstraße, 18586 Göhren

The Spa and Wellness Hotel Mönchgut offers you first-class competence when it comes to your health and well-being.

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© Michael Knüppel

Heringsdorf beach hotel

  • Liehrstraße, 17424 Heringsdorf

Located directly on the promenade and beach, with elegant and friendly ambience for your vacation. Relax in our beauty center and Sindbad thermal bath. Exquisite cuisine with winter garden and terrace directly on the beach promenade.

Read more: "Heringsdorf beach hotel"
© Kurmittelcentrum Zingst

Spa center Zingst

  • Rämel, 18374 Zingst

The Kurmittelcentrum Zingst is a public spa house with swimming pool, sauna and fitness room. The house also includes 38 comfortably furnished vacation apartments.

Read more: "Spa center Zingst"
© Kurzentrum Waren (Müritz)

Waren (Müritz) spa center

  • Am Kurpark, 17192 Waren (Müritz)

Let your soul dangle on vacation, enjoy beautiful moments and free time and do something good for your health. For your relaxing health and pampering vacation, the Waren (Müritz) spa center in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District combines 4-star hotel comfort with healing therapies and wellness treatments.

Read more: "Waren (Müritz) spa center"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

Spa house Baabe

  • Closed today
  • Strandstraße, 18586 Ostseebad Baabe

Health and relaxation in Baltic resort Baabe.

Read more: "Spa house Baabe"
© AKZENT Waldhotel Göhren GmbH

Akzent Waldhotel Göhren

  • Waldstraße, 18586 Göhren

The sea is at your feet with us!

Read more: "Akzent Waldhotel Göhren"
© HanseDom Stralsund GmbH

Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Grünhufer Bogen, 18437 Stralsund

True to the motto "Modernity meets Heritage", the Hanseatic City of Stralsund is a versatile center of attraction in the northeast of Germany. Look forward to northern German hospitality, modern 4-star comfort and the experience worlds of the Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel.

Read more: "Wyndham Stralsund HanseDom Hotel"
© Hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen Cordes e.K.

Hotel Gutshaus Parin

  • Am Wirtschaftshof, 23948 Parin

Quiet and idyllic is the bio and health hotel Gutshaus Parin in the middle of the Mecklenburg nature.

Read more: "Hotel Gutshaus Parin"
© Kathrin Engfer

Health practice Yoga&Ayurveda

  • Feldstraße, 18209 Bartenshagen-Parkentin

Lively. Light. Life. That sounds good, doesn't it? Would you like that too? With my health offers from yoga and Ayurveda, I am happy to support you on your way to a relaxed life - even beyond your vacation.

Read more: "Health practice Yoga&Ayurveda"
Baltic resort Wustrow pier, © Ostsee-Kurklinik Fischland

Ostseekurklinik Fischland

  • An der Seenotstation, 18347 Wustrow

Here, preventive care, rehabilitation and recovery are combined under one roof. Diagnostics, therapies, consultations and training are carried out by our professional clinic team at the highest level.

Read more: "Ostseekurklinik Fischland"
© Hotel Friesenhof

Hotel Friesenhof on Usedom

  • Bahnhofstraße, 17449 Trassenheide

The Hotel Friesenhof offers fantastic rides to the Baltic Sea beach in Trassenheide as well as special health holidays on Usedom. Beneficial fitness sessions, healthy food, relaxation and practical knowledge for a healthier lifestyle are combined - all in the marvellous setting of the island of Usedom.

Read more: "Hotel Friesenhof on Usedom"
© Hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen Cordes e. K.

Hotel Manor Stellshagen

  • Lindenstraße, 23948 Stellshagen

Close to the Baltic Sea, the organic and health hotel Gutshaus Stellshagen is nestled in wide fields and meadows.

Read more: "Hotel Manor Stellshagen"
© Tourismuszentrale Rügen

Spa clinic Sellin

  • Kurweg, 18586 Sellin

Mother-child cures / father-child cures - Inseltraum Rügen brings you back health.

Read more: "Spa clinic Sellin"
© Marie Kohlen

DeafVentures

  • Suhrendorf, 18569 Ummanz

DeafVentures offers you kitesurfing courses that are adapted to your needs. The team includes two deaf kitesurfing instructors, a sign language interpreter and a hearing kitesurfing instructor who also diligently learns DGS!

Read more: "DeafVentures"
© Waldhotel Göhren GmbH

Spa and Wellness Hotel Mönchgut

  • Waldstraße, 18586 Göhren

The Spa and Wellness Hotel Mönchgut offers you first-class competence when it comes to your health and well-being.

Read more: "Spa and Wellness Hotel Mönchgut"
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