What to Expect
Dry saline aerosol will be dispersed into the room from a halogenerator. In addition to the many benefits of breathing these microparticles, the walls of the room are lined with bricks of mineral salt, and the floors are covered in ground himalayan salt. This creates an atmosphere that is rich in negative ions-- much like the seashore! This has a profound effect on stress reduction and counteracts the positive ions that we absorb through TV and computer screens, cell phones, and other technology. The salt microparticles in the air are highly absorbent and can travel into the deepest recesses of the lungs. Once there, the salt is able to draw out toxins and other impurities from the lungs. The lungs can also expel mucus more thoroughly and efficiently and benefit from a widening of the airways.
What conditions are improved by salt therapy?
- Chronic ENT illnesses (ear-nose-throat)
- Frequent ear infections
- Frequent colds
- Allergies to industrial and household pollutants
- Hay fever
- Smoker's cough
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sleep Apnea
When should salt treatment be avoided?
- Infections accompanied by fever
- Patients who have cancer
- Patients who have or have had a tuberculosis
- Patients who have cardiac insufficiency
- High blood pressure diseases / hypertension in IIB stage
- Acute stage of respiratory disease
- Chronic obstructive lung diseases with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
- Spitting of blood
- All internal diseases in decompensation
Isn't introducing salt into the body bad for you?
While it’s true that too much salt in your diet is linked to high blood pressure, salt therapy allows salt to enter your respiratory system-- not your stomach, heart, or kidneys. Compared to the daily recommendation of 6 grams, the concentration of salt that your body absorbs is only .5-10 mg per cubic meter.
Are there side effects?
You may find yourself coughing more after a session. This is because the salt that has penetrated your lungs has loosened up the mucus in your chest so that you can expel it more easily. Your body will be in the process of eliminating any impurities that were drawn out of your respiratory system. Also, it is not uncommon to feel a bit dizzy in the session as the concentration of salt in the air increases. This is perfectly normal.
Is salt therapy safe for children?
Yes! Salt therapy is a completely drug-free treatment that is safe for children. Children as young as 3 months old have reaped the benefits of Halotherapy. They are especially good candidates for the treatment since their underdeveloped lungs are more prone to respiratory problems. This makes halotherapy a great preventative measure to keep children from getting sick as often.
Should I stop using my medication during salt therapy?
No. Salt room therapy should be used as a complementary treatment or preventative measure. It is not a substitute for any medication or medical treatment. Consistent salt therapy often leads to people depending less on certain medications as well as a decrease in the persistence of symptoms. It is imperative that if you are following a certain medication regimen or treatment, that you consult your doctor about relying on salt therapy.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary depending on what kind of condition you have and how severe it is. It is possible to feel an improvement after just one session, but the treatments will have maximum effectiveness if you commit to 1-2 sessions per week until symptoms become more manageable..
Is salt therapy covered by insurance?
Salt therapy is not covered by health insurance in the U.S. However, please note that depending on their insurance, many people have submitted their salt therapy bills to their flexible spending administrator and were approved as a valid cost.
What clothing do I wear in the salt room?
Clients are encouraged to come however they are comfortable! For those who may have skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, we recommend keeping the affected areas of the skin exposed in order to reap the skin regenerative benefits of the treatment!