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Halotherapy "Salt Therapy"

Halotherapy based on the inhalation of small salt particles with the purpose to clean the airways. Halotherapy was developed as an above-ground alternative to speleo therapy. The function of Halotherapy is to inhale salt air within a salt room, for the purpose of cleaning the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. The salt particle act as a bronchiole brush, thinning out sticky mucus and making it easier for the body to expel mucus and the pathogens, spores or debris trapped within this mucus. 

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What is Halotherapy?

Halotherapy involves the production of dry salt aerosol within an above ground salt room. It is the facilitation of salt aerosol inhalation within a controlled environment. Aerosol production can be generated by a medical grade salt aerosol generator which measures and disperses a controlled and safe therapeutic level of salt particles into the air. Halotherapy has been sued in Europe for more than 150 years and is considered to be a safe and natural method for the removal of mucus and the reduction of inflammation within the mucus membranes of the respiratory system.

Halotherapy in Action

Halotherapy safely and effectively promotes mucociliary clearance of the respiratory system. It works as a “gentle brush” to clean the airways and lungs of: mucus, allergens, pollutants and other debris. When salt aerosol particles enter the respiratory system, they gently stimulate the body’s natural action of cilia movement. This promotes the expectoration of mucus from the lungs, sinuses and wax from the ear canal.

Sodium chloride aerosol delivered via Halotherapy changes the consistency of mucus, making it thinner, less sticky, greatly easing expectoration. Combined with its potential to stimulate cilia movement, sodium chloride is an important contributor to airway clearance. The effects of respiratory hygiene have been associated with reduced inflammation and a reduction in the recurrence of infection.

Dry salt aerosol has also been used to assist with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

The salt particles break down scaly skin as it assists with the sloughing process of dead skin. Skin conditions require a combined approach addressing diet, allergies, exfoliation, moisturising, and possible treatment with medicated topical creams prescribed by a Doctor.

Individuals Suitable for Halotherapy

Halotherapy is also suitable for individuals with general good health as well as those in poor health. The process of respiratory hygiene may support a degree of wellness by reducing the severity of respiratory and sinus infections. Respiratory hygiene may be suitable for people exposed to airborne substances, seasonal allergens, dust, mould, pollution, tobacco, smoke, occupational exposure to dust, gases, or chemicals.

The following health conditions may require treatment from a Doctor and Halotherapy is a complementary in addition to frontline medical practices. Some conditions will require specific medications only prescribed by Doctor. All acute infections and chronic health conditions of any nature need to be monitored by a Doctor. If an individual is suffering an acute illness then a Salt Therapist must instruct the client to seek medical attention or call an ambulance if required.

Contraindication of Halotherapy

In some cases, Halotherapy may not be suitable for individuals suffering chronic health conditions, in particular conditions that cause a person to cough blood or be on oxygen for the majority if time in a 24 hour cycle. 

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