Treatable Conditions

Allergies

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, air borne particles, pet dander or a certain food. When you have an allergy, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular substance as harmful. When you come into contact with that substance your immune system reacts which can make your skin itchy and in amed, block sinuses and airways and can even affect the digestive system. Many people who suffer severe allergies experience sore, itchy eyes, feel drowsy and have difficulty breathing. In severe cases the airflow through to the lungs can be completely restricted.

The salt particles dispersed during Salt therapy will help to reduce inflammation and thin bronchial and nasal secretions. Improved drainage allows for reduction in contaminants that may trigger or prolong allergic reactions. Salt helps to absorb oedema from swollen mucosa linings in the sinus and respiratory tract and opens airways to bring about quick relief of symptoms.

Asthma

Over 5 million people in the UK suffer with Asthma, a condition where the airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus. This can cause difficulty breathing and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. The airways can be severely restricted, meaning not enough oxygen can be passed through to the lungs.

Salt therapy can dramatically reduce asthma symptoms with the inhalation of dry salt aerosol. This can improve mucociliary clearance and decrease bronchial inflammation which means better lung function, fewer spasmodic attacks, and clearer air passages. The sodium chloride particles are carried into the deepest recesses of the bronchial system due to the unique aerosol dispersal system and the microscopic size of the particles. Salt therapy can help create a better flow of oxygen into the lungs, kind of like breathing through a much bigger straw. In controlled studies, the majority of subjects showed reduced bronchial obstructions, better drain function of the airways, and improved viscosity of bronchial secretions. The number and intensity of asthma attacks was reduced and respiratory discomfort decreased, which allowed most to reduce or even eliminate prescribed medication.

Athletes

Whether you are a social sports player or professional athlete you most likely want to reach optimal performance at some stage. In order to reach your maximum potential, you need to train hard. After a hard training session, you might feel out of breath, struggle to recover, or feel tired and dizzy. Poor breathing techniques and limited lung capacity can lead to you not being able to reach your full potential. Poor breathing techniques and limited lung capacity can lead to you not being able to reach your full potential. Many athletes look for ways to improve breathing by optimising lung capacity and thus shortening recovery time. Poor breathing patterns in athletes can lead to increased dehydration, reduced stamina, increased risk of injury, longer recovery time and elevated heart rate.

Salt therapy helps dissipate mucus from the airways to remove airflow obstructions and maintain clear airways. When our airways are clear, we are able to take in more oxygen which in turn leads to better endurance, performance and faster recovery time. Salt therapy not only helps to combat respiratory and skin conditions but helps to prevent and treat respiratory weakness that many athletes experience.

COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, cough, mucus (sputum) production, and wheezing. Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis are the two most common conditions that contribute to COPD.

Chronic bronchitis occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes becomes inflamed, restricting airflow from the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. Common characteristics include a daily cough and mucus production.

Emphysema is a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs that causes shortness of breath due to over inflation of the alveoli which can block airflow and make it difficult to breathe.

Salt therapy helps to cleanse the respiratory system and speed up the elimination of toxins from the body. Inflammation is reduced due to natural properties of the inhaled salt particles. The smallest micro particles of salt reach the lower respiratory system and work as a “bronchial brush” for the airways.

Cough, Colds & Flu

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses that appears most frequently in winter and early spring. Young children, older adults, pregnant women and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems are at high risk. The flu virus attacks the body by spreading through the upper and/or lower respiratory tract Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue. The flu is treated primarily with rest and fluid to let the body fight the infection on its own. Over-the counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers may help with symptoms.

Salt therapy can have an immediate effect on the symptoms of colds and flu. The inhaled salt aerosol naturally absorbs fluid from swollen air passages and thins mucus secretion to improve drainage. The sterile, isolated treatment environment of salt rooms means they are free from external contaminants and give the immune system a chance to reassert itself. A series of Salt therapy treatments not only help to relieve cold and flu symptoms but increase resistance to new infections in the future.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body. It affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery but in people with Cystic Fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretion to become sticky and thick. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretion blocks tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.

Salt therapy has proven to be an invaluable resource for sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis. The hydrophilic and microkinetic action of inhaled salt particles thins unnaturally thick and sticky mucus, unclogging passages in the bronchi and bronchioles. Other benefits are the absorption of oedema (fluid) from the mucosa lining of the airways and the reduction of inflammation in the respiratory track and sinuses.

Ear Infections

An ear infection is a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear. These are often painful due to inflammation and build-up of fluids in the middle ear.

Salt therapy helps to reduce oedema in passages and cavities that are not immediately accessible to other treatments. Aerosolised particles are able to penetrate deep into the internal passage of the ear, reducing inflammation, oedema and bacteria. Salt therapy is perfectly safe and comfortable for children as well as adults and can reduce the recurrence of such infections.

Psoriasis, Eczema & Acne

Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis not only affect the way our skin looks but can affect the way we feel about ourselves. Dermatitis (also known as eczema) is a condition that results in inflammation of the skin due to external irritants. It is characterized by itchiness, red skin, and a rash. Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells build up and form scaly, dry patches. These conditions are not limited to any particular parts of the body and can differ in severity. Many sufferers struggle to find the root cause and use ointments and topical creams or steroids to relieve the symptoms. A wellknown treatment for skin conditions such as these involves swimming in salt water such as the ocean. This is known to have healing benefits for itchy or inflamed skin and sores.

Salt therapy can help- When dry salt particles settle on open skin areas they increase the activity of skin ion channels, simulating cell growth and regeneration. Dry salt particles help to balance skin PH levels, reduce harmful bacteria and inflammation. 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.

Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis causes the cavities around the nasal passages (sinuses) to become inflamed and swollen. This can make it difficult to breathe through your nose and can cause pain around the face and neck including headaches and sometimes dizziness.

Salt therapy can significantly help chronic sufferers of sinusitis when the dry salt particles deeply penetrate into the sinus cavities, improving drainage and increasing aeration behind the tympanic membrane.

Snoring

Are you constantly kept awake by your partners snoring? Do you sleep in different rooms? Do you wake yourself during the night from snoring or gasping for breath? These issues can severely affect your sleep patterns and leave you tired and irritated. Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it can be loud and unpleasant.

Salt therapy has an accumulative effect, so symptoms gradually reduce with subsequent sessions. Compared to other snoring remedies salt therapy is a non-invasive solution, which helps to reduce soft palate swelling and clears the nasal passages, allowing clearer breathing through the nose – thus reducing the likelihood of snoring. Aerosol particles penetrate deeply into the nose cavity, sinuses and respiratory tract removing mucus and bacteria, clearing the airways to improve breathing so that you and your partner can sleep soundly

Stress

We live in a busy world, moving from one task to the next, balancing family, work and other responsibilities which can lead to constantly living in fight or flight mode. When our bodies are under large amounts of stress, cortisol levels increase which is the bodies natural stress hormone. In a normal situation, cortisol levels increase when the body realises it needs to get a job done or is in danger such as waking in the morning and getting out of bed. In the evenings cortisol levels drop allowing our bodies to rest, sleep and repair. However, it is becoming increasingly common for people to be living in this high stress state throughout the day, constantly worrying about what needs to get done. Not being able to relax and allow our bodies to recover is extremely detrimental to our long-term health and mental wellbeing. Increasing the risk of conditions such as: high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, depression or anxiety, heart disease, muscle tension, headaches, irritable bowel disorder and mental health disorders.

Salt generates negative ions which help to counter balance the influx of positive ions in our daily lives. Once the negative ions penetrate deeply into our bodies, it is believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost daytime energy. Salt rooms offer a calming environment that encourages healing while allowing the body to reassert its natural healthy balance. The negative charge and high surface energy of dry salt particles penetrates deep into the internal airways, bonding with positive ions to calm and relax internal muscles. The same action is simultaneously performed externally as the charged particles coat the skin, reducing chronic hypersensitivity caused by environmental stresses and encouraging cellular regeneration.