What is Salt Therapy?
Salt therapy, also called halotherapy, is a holistic method that reproduces the natural micro climate of a salt cave by dispersing saline aerosol in a high concentration in a room whose surfaces are covered with layers of salt. The dry salt aerosol in the room plays an important role in the relief of health problems, and is used for patients with respiratory problems and skin conditions.
How does salt therapy work?
Patients sit in the salt room for 45 minutes and breathe in the fine salt aerosol, which is transported to the smallest bronchi, or airway passages, in the lungs as well as to other parts of the respiratory tract such as the sinuses and nasal cavity. The salt particles act as an anti-bacterial agent, dissolving bacteria and pollutants lodged in the respiratory tract. These are then either coughed up by the patient or are expelled during the metabolic processes via the bloodstream. The treatment also reduces inflammation in the lungs, thins out mucus build-up, improves lung function and opens up breathing passages.
Which ailments can be treated by salt therapy?
• chronic bronchitis • asthma • hay fever • ear infection • breathlessness, chest tightness • pneumonia after acute stage • bronchiectatic disease • smoker's cough (including secondary smoke) • cough with viscous sputum discharging with difficulties • dry, paroxysmal cough with distant rates • dry rales (mostly with low tone) changing its localization during auscultation • frequent acute disorders of respiratory tract • pharyngitis • multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome • sinusitis/sinus inflammation • respiratory infections • respiratory allergies to industrial and household pollutants • rhinitis • tonsillitis • eczema and more.
How many sessions are recommended?
For people with colds, flu symptoms, ear infections or other temporary respiratory discomforts, 1 to 8 sessions can be very effective. For chronic respiratory and dermatological conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, allergies, psoriasis, etc., it is strongly recommended to complete 12 to 20 sessions of 45 minutes each, in as short a time period as is feasible. Salt room treatment is most effective when it is administered at least twice a week or more frequently. It is advisable to repeat the therapy 1 to 3 times per year to maintain the positive results. For recreational, relaxation and stress relieving purposes, sessions can be taken as many times as desired.
What results can patients expect?
Thousands of patients have been successfully treated by speleotherapy (treatment in natural salt caves) in Canada, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Austria and Germany since the early 1900s. Clinical studies have also been conducted and the results demonstrate that after a series of treatments completed within a prescribed amount of time (twice a week), patients’ breathing became less labored, symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath were improved, and medical drug usage was decreased significantly.
Is salt therapy safe for children?
Salt therapy is not only safe for children, it is highly recommended. It is a 100% drug free, non-invasive and comfortable treatment with no side effects or potential health hazards. The treatment is suitable for children of any age (as young as 1 month old). Children, in fact, respond to the therapy even more quickly than do adults.
Why is it so relaxing inside a salt room?
Salt has the natural ability to balance out the positive charge in our bodies by binding the excessive positive ions with the salt’s negative ions. The neutralizing forces of salt cancel out positive charged and harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment (electro-smog), as well as in our body. Hence, salt therapy has de-stressing and relaxing effects.
What should I wear to the treatment sessions?
Salt room therapy requires no special clothing; the salt will not damage your clothes or leave any noticeable residue. You may wear anything that you are comfortable with, as you will remain entirely clothed for the session. The only item that you add is shoe covers before entering . You may wear socks or be barefoot under the shoe covering. For children, we request that they come to sessions in clothing that is clean and free of dirt or mud, and clean socks, as the shoe coverings we provide may be too large to stay on their feet as they play in the salt room.
They say salt is bad for your health. Why is it good to breathe?
Over consumption of salt is linked to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, during salt therapy you are breathing the dry saline aerosol into your respiratory system, not ingesting it into your digestion tract. Furthermore, the amount of salt you are breathing in is so minimal that even if you were to eat that quantity, it would not pose a health risk.
Is there a risk of catching an infection from other clients in the salt room?
The micro climate of our salt room is 3 times cleaner than in a sterile surgery room in a hospital, therefore it is nearly impossible to catch any infection or be affected by bacteria during the therapy. Salt is a natural anti-bacterial and it kills almost all bacteria on contact. In addition, our filtered ventilation system is constantly working to circulate the air in the salt room, drawing used air out and clean, filtered air in.
Halotherapy benefits adults and children alike, as well as athletes and animals. It is natural and safe and there are no side effects. A majority of people who visit salt rooms on a regular basis may find relief from a variety of respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, common cold, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and more. Dry salt therapy is great for people who also have particular skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and recovering from cosmetic surgery.
However, one does not need to have any conditions since dry salt therapy is very beneficial for overall general wellness by removing the toxicity from the respiratory system. People are exposed on a daily basis to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, allergens and other irritating and harmful factors. Halotherapy is an excellent way to cleanse and detox the lungs as well as invigorate the whole body with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake.
For general respiratory hygiene, once or twice a week visiting your local salt therapy facility will enhance the lung capacity, boost the immune system, reduce stress, and aid better sleep.
More chronic and acute respiratory conditions require increased frequency and consistency of the sessions. Experiencing salt therapy three to seven times a week for a period of 14 to 21 days will help to manage the symptoms and provide relief over time.
Conditions that are treated with salt include, but are not limited to:
• Allergic colds, Hay Fever and Rhinopathy
• Chronic bronchitis
• Frequent viral infections
• Frequent ear infections
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Smoker's a cough
• Stress and anxiety disorders
• Cystic Fibrosis
Benefits for the Skin:
• Fortifies skin's protective barrier
• Stimulates microcirculation
• Reduces inflammatory, anti-bacterial effects
• Helps normalize skin’s pH-balance
• Promotes healthy tissue regeneration
• Promotes elasticity
• Facilitates deeper penetration of skin care products
• Clears impacted follicles to prevent acne formation
• Promotes gentle exfoliation
Halotherapy is recognized as a safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure! Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders, and active tuberculosis.
Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns needs to seek proper medical advice and care. There are many clinical studies and research, along with testimonials from customers, as to the health benefits and efficacy of salt therapy.
Many countries around the world have varying ways they govern and regulate their citizen’s health-related matters. In some countries, Halotherapy is covered by their Government’s Health Care system or insurance companies.
Salt has the following properties:
-Mucolytic effects: loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport
-Removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen)
-Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)
Origins of Salt Therapy
Modern dry salt therapy has its origins from the salt mines and caves in Europe and Russia. As the workers were mining the salt micro-sized salt particles were being disbursed into the air. In this environment, miners were receiving many natural health benefits by breathing in the salt particles. They rarely had any respiratory issues and also looked younger due to great skin appearance.
In 1843, a Polish physician, Feliks Boczkowski first wrote about the benefit of salt mines. He noted that salt miners had much lower rates of lung disease compared to the rest of the population. He attributed the cause of the salt miners’ good health to the salt cave air that was saturated with saline dust.
1958 Professor Mieczyslaw Skulimowski started regular treatments in the salt chambers, thereby initiating a new field of medicine – subterraneotherapy.
1980-1990 The first artificial salt caves were constructed and the first Dry Salt Aerosol Generator (halogenerator) was developed. Halotherapy was introduced to health care professionals and the public. In Eastern Europe, Halotherapy was developed as a conventional medical method. By the late 1980s developers worked on the challenges of inconsistent dry salt aerosol (DSA) concentration in salt rooms. Rigorous testing proved the efficacy of consistent, moderate-dose Halotherapy and that at too-high concentrations of dry salt aerosol (the mixture of micronized salt and air) salt room visitors could experience bronchospasm and that DSA at too-low of dose was not therapeutic. Also, researchers began to gain greater understanding of the need for treatment protocols for different conditions, and the importance of small salt particle size to deliver therapy to the minute structures in the lungs and sinuses.
1990-1991 Controlled Halotherapy was born. Aeromed (a member of Aeromed-Halomed Group) developed the first halogenerator outfitted with a sensor, which could measure the level of DSA concentration throughout Halotherapy sessions.
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