Halotherapy (or salt therapy) is the fancy term for what happens in our salt room at our Newcastle Naturopathy clinic and is commonly used to support the management of immunity and respiratory ailments.
Originating from the observed health benefits salt mine workers, it has evolved into what we use at CK Health. Here, we use a halo generator to saturate the air with a fine salt aerosol in a climate controlled space.
The technical term for a salt therapy halo generator is a controlled curative microclimate of halo chamber!
With 80 years of research, it shows that undergoing halotherapy helps the body adapt and to reorganise all functional system activity.
The salt therapy function works for the immunity and respiratory support of patients in the following ways:
- Dry salt aerosol disperse to make the particles reach deep parts of the respiratory system.
- The environment is free of the allergens and microorganisms due to the salt particle levels that are in the room.
- The room is comfortable and beneficial for the respiratory system thanks to the consistent humidity levels of 40-60% and a temperature between 18-24OC.
- Good psycho-emotional wellbeing is a positive affect thanks to the design and aesthetics of our salt room.
- Bronchial walls experience a decrease edema and microcirculation improves.
- Bacterial growth is inhibited.
- Degrades pathogens.
- It encourages bronchodrainage.
- Peripheral stress-limits system experiences an adoptegenic effect and the autonomic nervous system stabilises.
- Benefits the Para nasal sinuses.
The science behind salt therapy for respiratory, immunity, and beyond
Let’s get our geek on and get to the nitty-gritty of how it helps.
To improve mucociliary activity salt therapy works from a fine dry salt aerosol and has a mucoregulatory effect to improve respiratory system drainage.
Salt particles grind to 0.2microns, with physiochemical properties reaching areas of the respiratory tract thanks to the level of penetration in hard to reach areas.
Negatively charged aerosol particles stimulate the respiratory epithelium cilia. Then, dry salt particles deliver the sodium chloride that is present in a nebuliser far more than the liquid droplet solutions do.
Salt therapy acts as a physiological osmolar stimulus to increase the phagocyte activity and positively effects immune processes.
The therapy works to reduce bronchial edema and to increase fluid outflow from vessels to the bronchus gap.
Halotherapy increases the number of phagocytes in the respiratory cell and their activity means that the immune system better supports the ability to eliminate opportunistic micro flora.
A histamine decrease happens in the bronchoalveolar lavage and it increases secretory IgA, as it heavily involves the immune defence.
Anti-inflammatory action influences the body’s nonspecific organism resistance and reduces hyper sensitisation.
Who benefits from salt therapy?
Studies show that there are respiratory benefits of salt therapy on people. There are a number of ailments that the therapy helps that are included in the following:
- Chronic obstructive bronchitis
- Chronic non-obstructive bronchitis
- Multiple bronchitis
- Children with asthma
- Hay fever
- Respiratory diseases
- Pulmonary diseases
- Allergic rhinitis
- Chronic pharyngitis
Salt therapy is used for skin issues to help rehabilitation in certain conditions. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis, streptoderma, neurodermatits disease, allergic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.
The therapy cleanses the airways to expose the skin to sanitisation of the salt particles; this produces a favourable effect to occur on the respiratory system. The ardio-vascular system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal system, and integumentary system benefits from the adaptogenic effect on the body’s stress management.
It is a safe and drug free method for treating respiratory and immune conditions in patients of all ages. Halotherapy often gets used as a stand-alone therapy for mild conditions and in conjunction with other treatments that are offered.
Many different age groups do enjoy halotherapy with its use for a wide range of conditions. Salt therapy is used with a focus on the immune and respiratory support of patients.
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