What is Salt Therapy?

About Salt Therapy

Salt therapy is a natural, non- invasive treatment that helps open the airways and relieve congestion and mucus.   Salt has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties which help open and relax the airways.  Salt works like a decongestant, loosening congestion and helping the body to expel any excess that is residing within the airways. Salt is also a natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Salt Therapy is based on the principle of prolonged exposure to the micro climate found in natural salt mines or salt caves. The Salt Spot uses patented state of the art technology to reproduce the atmosphere of a salt cave with a monitored therapeutic micro climate. Air in our salt rooms is ionised and saturated with a low concentration of dry aerosol saline (salt).

The micro climate in our salt rooms is formed naturally, through convective diffusion from the salt walls combined with controlled temperature and humidity. This creates a hypo-bacterial and allergen-free air environment.

The therapy involves sitting and relaxing in our specially designed salt room and breathing in the microscopic salt particles which has a positive effect on the body. The salt room itself is a micro climate that has been created free of toxins and allergens which allows the body to rest and start to naturally heal itself.  As salt is inhaled, it passes through the respiratory system and coats the airways, throughout the nasal area and lungs.

Salt’s natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties encourage the smooth muscle of the airways to relax, which relieves wheezing and tightness.

Salt’s natural hygroscopic properties help draw out, or loosen congestion and mucus build-up, aiding the body to expel or metabolise this matter.    The natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties work as an antiseptic throughout the respiratory area.

Salt therapy can help boost the immune system of the respiratory area, work as a preventative health measure and increase lung capacity.

Dry Salt Aerosol works as a “Bronchial Brush” for the airways.

Bronchial mucosa before and after Salt Therapy

The skin also benefits from the dry aerosol salt. Salt is also a well known anti-histamine. It reduces inflammation and has antimicrobial affects.

What is Speleotherapy and Halotherapy?

The term Speleotherapy comes from the Greek word Speleon, meaning cave. Speleotherapy is the use of a subterranean salt cave environment for therapeutic purposes, especially in the treatment of chronic airway diseases.

The term Halotherapy comes from the Greek work Halos, meaning salt.
Modern technology is used to recreate the climate and atmosphere found in a salt cave. Dry sodium chloride aerosol is produced by a special nebulizer and released into the Salt Room.

Here at The Salt Spot we offer a combination of both Speleotherapy and Halotherapy to maximise treatment benefit to you.

A brief history of Salt Therapy

Salt Therapy was a widely used natural remedy dating back to medieval times. The monks acknowledged the healing atmosphere of salt caves where they took the sick down into salt caves to allow them to breathe air saturated with salt particles.

In 1843 the benefits of Salt Therapy were noted in a book published by Polish doctor Felix Boczkowski. Dr Boczkowski, a physician at the Wieliczka salt mine, noticed that the miners did not suffer from respiratory conditions that were common at that time. He observed that the presence of dry salt particles in the salt mine had a healing effect on those with respiratory and pulmonary discomforts.

Underground treatment in salt caves was the only method available, until the first salt room was developed in Russia. This new technique was constructed using mined salt rock from deep underground, hewn into blocks along with a halogenerator which gently blows microscopic salt particles into the salt room. These salt rooms recreated the micro climate of a salt cave in an above ground clinic.