What is Halotherapy?
Halotherapy is a holistic treatment that reproduces the unique microclimate found in natural salt caves or while sitting on the beach near the ocean. Halotherapy uses ultra-dry pharmaceutical grade salt and is effective in treating a variety of upper and lower respiratory tract disorders and skin conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, eczema and psoriasis.
History of Halotherapy
The use of salt for therapeutic purposes dates back many centuries and has been documented in several cultures. The first study was performed in 1843 an dnoted the excellent health of salt miners in Poland despite their poor nutrition and the demands of their work. The miners rarely suffered from common colds or other upper respiratory issues. When published his study resulted in salt caves becoming popular throughout Europe attracting visitors from around the world. Salt rooms, or halochambers, are certified as medical devices in Russia and within last decade, halotherapy has gained credibility and spread to Western Europe, Canada, Israel and North America as customers discover its positive effect on their health.
How it works
The atmosphere of our treatment room is an escape from the contaminated environments of our daily lives- free of allergens, pathogens, and pollutants. The unique beach-like environment of Salinity also creates a stress-free environment as well.
Any microorganisms that make their way inside can not survive. Such a sterile atmosphere is ideal for healing, and sets the stage for therapeutic action of the salt particles and negative ions that are created when salt breaks down due to heat and moisture of airway linings.
Microscopic salt particles enter the airways and reach down deep to the cellular level. At this level, particles stimulate airway linings, improve mucous clearance and enable a better immune response to pathogens. People with chronic respiratory conditions have been shown to lack sodium chloride in their airway linings, and this treatment helps resolve this deficiency.
The effects of salt therapy on your sinuses, skin and lungs is vastly different from what you might experience when using nasal sprays and is actually much more effective than what you may experience from a walk on the beach. That is, salt therapy not only alleviates symptoms, but also helps prevent against symptoms reoccurring. Thus, it helps ward off sickness and reduce dependence on medications.
The skin and respiratory system are closely related, and the airborne salt that works on airways also clears up a variety of dermatitis and infections of the skin. People with psoriasis and eczema may experience dramatic improvement in their skin condition.
Salt molecules are comprised of a positive sodium ion and a negative chloride ion bound together. These molecules break down into their ions when exposed to heat and moisture. While you breathe in the salty air of the therapy room, salt molecules enter the moist airways of the lungs and break down. Studies suggest that negative ions stimulate the respiratory and integumentary (skin) systems. Moreover, it’s believed that these systems are physiologically closely related.
Studies also suggest the following benefits of negative ions:
- Mental Alertness
- Mood Balance
- Sleep Patterns
It’s likely you’re already familiar with negative ions. The blissful feeling experienced while basking under a waterfall and the electric sensation in the air after a thunderstorm are caused by the presence of negative ions. While negative ions are abundant in nature, the stale air atmosphere that builds up inside our houses and office spaces is lacking of negative ions, and may contribute to depressed mood and energy level.
Salt therapy provides the best results when routinely administered. Respiratory and skin illness sufferers are encouraged to sign up for an unlimited package so that they may visit the facility on a regular basis and experience the full benefits of salt therapy. See pricing for package options and contact us to schedule your first appointment.
To learn more about the benefits of General , please call our office today to schedule a consultation and find out if this procedure is right for you.