Health and Healing
TURKEY'S CAPITAL OF THERMAL
Afyonkarahisar is the "THERMAL CAPITAL OF TURKEY" with its well-equipped thermal facilities, physical treatments, curative hot springs and natural therapies. Afyonkarahisar, which has all the necessary resources for health tourism with its hot springs, mineral springs, mud baths and mineral waters, offers suitable accommodation for every income group from 5 star hotels to timeshare. Afyonkarahisar is one of the richest basins in the world with its hot springs containing various minerals, where people have recovered for thousands of years. It is a city that has been healing with its hot springs since the Byzantine Empire period. Thermal holiday, which is the best way to get rid of toxins, is also used for existing health problems and healing. It is also very beneficial in terms of protecting physical and mental health and preventive health practices. All types of thermal treatment, which are used directly or for support for many diseases, are applied in Afyonkarahisar. Since the values of each of the Thermal Tourism Centers are different from each other, hot springs each of which heals different diseases, serve to the accompaniment of specialist doctors and physiotherapists.
In thermal hotels throughout the region, there are thermal pools, indoor and outdoor pools, pools for children, family pools, jacuzzi pools, mud baths, sauna, steam room, massage room, aromatherapy room, skin care room, salt room, straw room, sand room and ozone sauna. There are also foot detox and doctor fishes. Some of the thermal facilities have physical therapy units. There are 2 tourism centers in Afyonkarahisar, which were declared by the decision of the Council of Ministers.
ÖMER-GECEK THERMAL TOURISM CENTER
Ömer Thermal located 15 km away from the city center, it offers a solution for diseases such as polio with its 125 year old pool. Evliya Çelebi mentions this hot spring in the ninth volume of the Travelogue. On the tombstone found in the hot spring, it is written that a saint shepherd named Ömer Dede found this source by digging the ground with his baton. Although there is no information about the history of the hot spring, which has been used for a long time, there is a date of 1889 on the inscription belonging to the person who was built the large pool of the hot spring.
In the chronic periods of inflammatory rheumatic diseases (especially rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis) in the form of bath applications under physician control; chronic low back pain, non-inflammatory joint diseases such as osteoarthritis; It is used as a complementary therapy element in the treatment of soft tissue diseases such as myositis, tendinitis, trauma, fibromyalgia syndrome. In addition to these, it can be used in mobilization practices of situations such as prolonged immobility, such as after the orthopedic operations and brain and nerve surgery, in selected neurological disorders in the chronic period. Also, it can be used in the treatment of diseases such as cerebral palsy for rehabilitation, in general stress disorders such as stress disorder, neurovegetative dystonia and sports injuries.
HOW TO GO:
Ömer thermal located on the Afyonkarahisar-Kütahya highway, is close to the Gecek hot spring and 15 km from the city center.
GECEK HOT SPRING
Gecek Hot Spring is 16 km from the city center. It is effective in the treatment of orthopedic disorders. The benefits of balneotherapy have been observed in the treatment of rheumatic diseases, neuralgia, neuritis, polyneuritis, physical rehabilitation of orthopedic disorders, metabolism and gynecological diseases. In addition, when it is used as a mineral spring, positive results have been obtained in obesity and diabetic disorders.
HOW TO GO:
Located in the northwest of Afyonkarahisar, 16 km from the city center, the Gecek hot spring is on the Afyonkarahisar-Kütahya Highway and the Afyonkarahisar-Uşak-İzmir railway. It is possible to reach the city by minibuses.
SANDIKLI HÜDAİ THERMAL TOURISM CENTER
Hüdai hot springs, which has become a legend with its history dating back to the Phrygians, is located in the district of Sandıklı. It is known that the healing waters of Sandıklı have been a cure for diseases since the earliest times of history. In the first Christian era, the archbishop of that area, Hierapolis (Koçhisar) Saint Michael, showed miracles by treating patients in this hot spring. Thus, it passed into old books as Saint Michael's Miracles. Thanks to this healing source, Hierapolis was known as the Sacred City, and Afyonkarahisar Province was named Phrygia Salutaris (Healing Phrygia) together with other hot springs. The remains of the historical bath from the Byzantine era are worth seeing in the hot spring. The feature of the hot spring is its healing mud and it has made a name for itself with mud baths.
It can be used in the treatment and rehabilitation of orthopedic, neurological and rheumatic diseases of the musculoskeletal system and in the treatment of rheumatic diseases with bath applications under physician control. It is used in the chronic periods of inflammatory rheumatic diseases in the form of bath and package applications; in the treatment of non-inflammatory joint diseases such as chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, in the treatment of soft tissue diseases such as myositis, tendinitis, trauma, fibromyalgia syndrome and also it is used as a complementary treatment element in mobilization practices of conditions such as prolonged immobility after the orthopedic operations, with the aim of rehabilitation in selected neurological disorders in the chronic period.
HOW TO GO
Hüdai hot spring is located 8 km south of Sandıklı District, which is 60 km away from Afyonkarahisar city centre. It is possible to reach the city by minibuses from the district.
HOT SPRINGS IN AFYONKARAHİSAR
İHSANİYE GAZLIGÖL HOT SPRING
Although this region was removed from the status of thermal tourism center in 2019 due to the narrowing of thermal tourism centers, it continues to be a tourism attraction center. Mineral springs and bathing are used for treatment purposes in Gazlıgöl Hot Spring, which heals hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists every year. The humid and steamy air that occurs in closed environments where water is present also has a therapeutic effect on respiratory tract diseases.
Generally, under the name of rheumatic diseases, circulatory system syndromes and gastrointestinal disorders; It is observed that it is beneficial in the treatment of spastic painful syndromes of the intestines, gallbladder, stomach, gynecological diseases and skin diseases such as neuralgia, neuritis, arthrosis, saboretic.
HOW TO GO:
Gazligöl hot spring; It is located within the borders of İhsaniye District, Gazlıgöl Town and Yaylabağı town, on the Eskişehir highway, 21 km from the city center, in the north of Afyonkarahisar.
BOLVADİN HEYBELİ HOT SPRING
Although this region was removed from the status of thermal tourism center in 2019 due to the narrowing of thermal tourism centers, it continues to be a tourism attraction center. The history of Heybeli Hot Springs in Bolvadin district dates back to ancient times. It is known that Heybeli hot springs were used in the Roman and Byzantine Periods. However, it was also used in the Seljuk and Ottoman periods. Heybeli hot spring water in Bolvadin It is thought to have emerged as a result of the large earthquakes that occurred in BC 295. The hot spring is also called the 'Red Church' and this name comes from the church located in the west of the town before the region entered into the domination of Turkish sovereignty.
In addition to being a cure for many diseases, it is also called the 'Scabies Turkish Bath' because it is especially good for skin diseases and scabies.
It is used in the chronic periods of inflammatory rheumatic diseases (especially rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis), the treatment of chronic low back pain, non-inflammatory joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and soft tissue diseases such as myositis, tendinitis, trauma, fibromyalgia syndrome, it is performed in the form of bath applications by bringing it to the appropriate temperature under the control of a physician.
It can be used as a complementary treatment element in mobilization practices in cases of long-term immobility such as after brain and neurosurgery, in selected neurological disorders in the chronic period, for rehabilitation in the treatment of diseases such as cerebral palsy, in general stress disorders such as stress disorder, neurovegetative dystonias and sports injuries. In addition to all these, it can used in mobilization practices of long-term immobility situations such as after the orthopedic operations and brain and nerve surgery, in selected neurological disorders in the chronic period, for rehabilitation in the treatment of diseases such as cerebral palsy, in general stress disorders such as stress disorder, neurovegetative dystonias, and in sports injuries.
HOW TO GO
It is 30 km from Afyonkarahisar on the Afyonkarahisar-Konya highway.