Q: What is Halotherapy/Salt room therapy?
Salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy is a drug free, non invasive
treatment that have been known to improve the health problems
associated with asthma, sinusitis, allergies, and a host of other
respiratory illnesses as well as skin conditions such as psoriasis and
of salt, that has a particle size of 1-5 microns, and a negative
electrical charge. The dry salt aerosol is blown into the salt room. In addition, the walls and the floor of the salt room are covered with himalayan salt. The salt room provides a negative ion environment (like the seashore), which contributes to a feeling of well being and promotes stress reduction. The particles of salt are inhaled and travel into the deepest parts of the lungs and sinuses. This is different from experiencing wet salt therapy at the beach, where the salt only reaches the upper lobes of your lungs. The inhalation of the salt particles helps to reduce inflammation in the airways, opens constricted airways, and increases the clearance of mucous.
Q. What conditions are improved by salt therapy?
Following are the common respiratory illnesses that have been known improve by salt therapy: asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, chronic ear infections, allergies to dust, pollen, pets, and chemicals, hay fever, smokers cough, chronic cough, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose, snoring, recovery after acute pneumonia, and chronic rhinitis and tonsillitis. It may also help sleep apnea depending on the cause.
In addition to helping with respiratory illnesses, it may also help many common skin diseases including: eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Salt therapy also promotes stress reduction, which may lower blood pressure, and may help with insomnia. Salt therapy has been known to help prevent respiratory viruses, including the common cold and flu. Children and adults who experience chronic or multiple colds throughout the year due to day cares, schools, or poor ventilation in the work environment may benefit greatly from Halotherapy.
Q. Are there any side effects?
Halotherapy is 100% natural, safe, and drug free, providing effective long-term relief. It can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as a sole treatment. When Halotherapy is used as a complementary treatment, it may increase the effectiveness of prescribed medications and decrease the amount prescribed. Halotherapy works exceedingly well for children.
Q. What can I expect?
A typical salt therapy session lasts for 45 minutes. The therapy involves sitting in the salt room in an adjustable and comfortable lounge chair. Children will be allowed to play on the floor with the salt and toys. The lights will dim and you will hear relaxing music. The room temperature and humidity is maintained at a comfortable level. Most people like to close their eyes, and some will fall asleep or meditate. A change in lighting will alert you that the treatment is over.
Salt therapy may produce a slight skin irritation in some individuals that will disappear after a few sessions. Some people will experience a mild salt taste on their lips, similar to being by the ocean. Others may experience a mild throat tickle, which can be easily treated by sipping warm water after the session. Most people will experience increased mucous production. This will present itself in the form of a runny nose or a productive cough after the session. This is the body’s natural mechanism for elimination of toxins, pollens, and viruses. If you have ever smoked in the past, you may experience a period of cough and mucous production as your body naturally clears the lungs of residual toxins. Most asthmatics will also experience an initial period of increased mucous production and cough as the body decreases inflammation, opens airways, and expels the stagnant mucous.
Q. How many treatments will I need?
Every experience is different, and it depends on the type and severity of your condition. Based on the research, it is recommend a course of 12-15 treatments, preferably within 4-8 weeks. You may feel some improvement after a single session, but a series of treatments is required to achieve long-term results. For mild conditions, 6-8 treatments may be enough. Some people use treatments as a preventative measure to avoid the common cold, and other respiratory viruses.
Q. When should salt treatment be avoided?
Treatment should be avoided during the acute phase of any illness, including the following: infections accompanied by fever, acute active tuberculosis, cardiac insufficiency, COPD in the third stage, bleeding, spitting of blood, alcohol or drug intoxication, unstable or uncontrolled hypertension, and acute stages of respiratory diseases.
Q. Isn't introducing salt into the body bad for you?
Eating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However with salt therapy the salt enters your respiratory system, not your stomach, heart and kidneys. In addition, the concentration of salt is .5-10 mg/m3(milligrams per cubic meter). To put that into perspective, the daily recommended salt intake for the average adult is 6g (grams). Therefore, the amount of salt entering your respiratory system is extremely low. Even if you eat that amount instead of breathing it, the amount of salt is insignificant. Salt entering the lungs kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, and loosens mucus.
Q. Is there research to support Halotherapy?
Yes, Halotherapy has been well researched in Russia and Eastern Europe. Most of the research has been conducted by Dr. A. V. Chervinskaya, the head of Clinical Research Respiratory Center in St. Petersburg Russia. She works in the field of pulmonology and rehabilitation medicine and has published more than two hundred articles on this topic. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on the efficacy of saline salt therapy in cystic fybrosis. They found that long term saline salt treatment had a positive impact on lung function and reduced pulmonary exacerbations. In addition, they found no negative side effects associated with the therapy.
Q: What do I wear in the salt room?
You can wear your regular clothes in the salt room. We ask you remove your shoes. We will have blankets available for those who desire one. You will be able to continue on with your day after you leave the salt room.
Q: Is Salt Therapy safe for children?
Salt therapy is not only safe for children, it is a highly recommended natural treatment. There are no potential harmful side effects. The treatment is suitable for children of any age (as young as 1 month old). Interestingly, children respond to the therapy more quickly than do adults.
During a salt therapy session children can play with toys, read books and interact with other children.
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