Q. What is Salt Therapy?
A. Salt Therapy is a natural, non-invasive and drug free environment where you will breathe in a dry aerosol that is passively inhaled in a specially constructed room to simulate that of a natural salt cave. This therapy involves breathing in microscopic salt particles which have a positive effect on airways and skin ailments. The dry sodium chloride aerosol in the Salt Room eliminates airborne particles from the airways and helps the body purge itself of toxins. The salt particles convert positives ions into negative ions, vital in strengthening the body's immune system.
Q. Are there any side effects?
A. Halotherapy is 100% safe, natural and drug free, providing long-term relief. It can be used as a complementary treatment to prescribed medications or as a sole treatment.
Q. What are the after effects of treatment?
A. Normally there are no after effects. However, some people experience a production of mucous, or a throat tickle, which may be solved by sipping water. If you experience increased mucous productions in the form of a runny nose or cough, this is the body's natural way of eliminating
toxins, pollens, and viruses. If you have been a smoker in the past, you may experience a period of cough and mucous production as your body naturallly clears the lungs of residual toxins.
Q. Is it safe to do a salt treatment when pregnant?
A. Yes. Salt therapy is a great choice for women who do not want to rely heavily on over-the-counter or prescribed medication for sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses. Pregnant women who have come to Respira have experienced relief for their congestion and chronic respiratory problems. In addition, the ionized salt particles help boost their immune system. We do not permit anyone to use the Salt Bed Chamber when pregnant as the salt is more concentrated in the smaller enclosed area.
Q. Is it safe for children?
A. Yes. Salt therapy is a completely drug-free treatment for children and adults. Children as young as 3 months have benefitted greatly and respond quickly and effectively to Halotherapy. Children are more prone to respiratory problems because they pick up more viruses and their lungs are not fully developed until about the age of 9. In addition, the environment is filled with pollutants which children have a harder time keeping at bay.
Q. When should salt therapy be avoided?
A. Salt care should be avoided during radiation treatment, chemotherapy or the acute phase of any illness, as well as the following: infections accompanied by fever; acute active tuberculosis; cardiac insufficiency; third stage COPD; bleeding, spitting or coughing of blood; contagious ailments; use of oxygen tank to aid breathing; alcohol or drug intoxication; unstable or uncontrolled hypertension; and acute stages of respiratory diseases.
Q. How will salt therapy affect my blood pressure?
A. 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. Should I stop using my medication during salt therapy?
A. No. Salt room therapy should be used as a complementary treatment. People who come for salt room therapy often find that they can reduce their dependence on certain medications and that their episodes are not as frequent or severe. However, you should always follow your doctor's advice and your prescribed medication regimen.
Q. How many treatments will I need?
A. Every experience is different and it depends on the type and severity of your condition, as well as personal preference. Generally speaking, to maximize the healing process we typically recommend multiple sessions. You may feel some improvement after one session, but a series of treatments is best for longer-term results. After a series of treatments your breathing will become easier and symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath will improve noticeably. People also come for treatments as a preventative measure.
Q. What do I do during treatment?
A. Most people lay back, close their eyes, meditate, listen to the music and just relax during the treatment. A change in lighting will alert you when treatment is over.
Q. What should I wear to a Salt Room treatment?
A. Comfortable street clothes or exercise clothing is best. Shoes will be removed and replaced with disposable booties to cover your feet or socks for walking on the salt surface of the rooms. Bathing suits are are not permitted in the salt rooms but can be worn during a Salt Bed session only.
Q. What do I wear in the Salt Bed?
A. We require everyone wear undergarments while using our salt bed . Absolutely no nudity is permitted. We recommend you bring along your bikini or swim shorts if this makes you feel more comfortable.
Q. Is the salt sterile?
A. Yes. One of the natural properties of salt is that it absorbs bacteria. The walls are also covered in salt, which creates the sterile conditions in each room.
Q. Can I wear perfume/cologne?
A. We want everyone visiting SaltEfx to have an enjoyable experience. Please DO NOT wear perfume, cologne, essentail oils or any scented products to the salt room. People with fragrance sensitivity, migraines, asthma & allergies are strongly affected. Please refrain from smoking prior to entering our facility. You may be asked to reschedule your session at another time.
History Of Salt
As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and integral part of the world’s history, as it has been interwoven into the daily lives of countless historic civilizations. Used as a part of Egyptian religious offerings and valuable trade between the Phoenicians and their Mediterranean empire, salt and history have been inextricably intertwined for millennia, with great importance placed on salt by many different races and cultures of people. Even today, the history of salt touches our daily lives. The word “salary” was derived from the word “salt.” Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times, so it was historically used as a method of trade and currency. The word “salad” also originated from “salt,” and began with the early Romans salting their leafy greens and vegetables. Undeniably, the history of salt is both broad ranging and unique, leaving its indelible mark in cultures across the globe.
Salt and Human Health
Sodium chloride, more commonly known as salt, represents an essential element of life, being one of the elements the human body cannot do without. A certain amount of salt must be incorporated into our daily diet, not only because it is very rapidly eliminated by our bodies and also because it enhances the taste of our food, but above all because the recognition of salty taste by the body triggers the production of the saliva and gastric juices, both essential for food digestion. In addition, the presence of sodium and chloride is essential in the digestive processes, since they are both present in the gastric juices, in the saliva, in the pancreatic juice and in the bile. The sodium and the chloride act then at different levels, along the digestive track, since sodium contributes to the absorption of glucides, while chloride, in the form of hydrochloric acid, is essential for the digestion of solids. In the US, the consumption of sodium is on an average about 3 grams a day, corresponding to the ingestion of 7-8 grams of salt.
The kidneys regulate the sodium balance. They are able to quickly adjust the sodium balance, when the quantity of salt varies between 1 and 16 grams a day. Under these conditions, there are no variations in the extra-cellular volume or in body weight. With quantities of salt higher than 16 grams a day, kidney adjustment requires 3-5 days, during which time an increase in the extra-cellular volume and in body weight is evident. After this period of time, the two values stabilize themselves to the new acquired levels. Sodium chloride is present for 2/3 in the extra-cellular liquids and for 1/3 it is primarily fixed within the bones. Every imbalance in the extra-cellular hydration is connected to anomalies in the presence of sodium (that is, of salt).
Sodium chloride can also be used as a treatment:
In cases of glandular problems causing obesity, for instance, salt baths are very useful, even in cases of hypo function or hyper function of the thyroid.
The application of a dry or wet salt compress reduces the excess liquid present in the tissues.
For relief of swollen and sore feet, immerse them in a basin of warm water with a handful of salt.
To reduce bags under the eyes apply compresses soaked in a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a 4 cups of warm water.
Gargling with some salt and bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water disinfects the mouth, leaving a fresh breath.
The inhalation of salt-water steam through the nose can relieve bothersome cases of phlegm or of inflammation of the respiratory mucosa.
For an all natural peeling, try mixing a cream with honey and salt and massage it gently over the interested parts of the face.
Salt and Cardiovascular Health
For 4,000 years, we have known that salt intake can affect blood pressure through signals to the muscles of blood vessels trying to maintain blood pressure within a proper range. We know that a minority of the population can lower blood pressure by restricting dietary salt. And we know that elevated blood pressure, hypertension, is a well-documented marker or “risk factor” for cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes, a “silent killer.” Cardiovascular events are a major cause of premature death and cost Americans more than $300 billion every year in increased medical costs and lost productivity. Reducing blood pressure can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke – depending on how it’s done.
Some have suggested that since salt intake is related to blood pressure, and since cardiovascular risks are also related to blood pressure, that, surely, salt intake levels are related to cardiovascular risk. This is the “salt hypothesis” or “sodium hypothesis.” Data are needed to confirm or reject hypotheses.
Blood pressure is a sign. When it goes up (or down) it indicates an underlying health concern. Changes result from many variables, often still poorly-understood. High blood pressure is treated with pharmaceuticals and with lifestyle interventions such as diet and exercise. The anti-hypertensive drugs are all approved by regulatory authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To be approved, these drugs must prove they work to lower blood pressure. Whether they also work to lower the incidence of heart attacks and strokes has not been the test to gain approval (it would take too long to develop new drugs), but the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has invested heavily in such “health outcomes” studies.
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