Frequently Asked Questions
About Salt Therapy
Salt Therapy, also called halotherapy, is a therapeutic and 100% natural, drug-free and non-invasive treatment. Salt therapy is a method of inhaling pure, dry, micronized salt air particles. These particles reach the deepest area of the lungs absorbing bacteria and pollutants and providing an anti-inflammatory and cleansing effect. This process supports and strengthens the body’s immune system by eliminating toxins and allergens that are trapped within the mucus lining of the respiratory system.
Dry pharmaceutical grade salt is heated and then it is ground and crushed into very tiny micro-particles in a machine called a halogenerator. These dry aerosol micro-particles of salt are then dispersed into the S.A.L.T. Chamber during a typical session. As the person relaxes in the S.A.L.T. Chamber the micro-particles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli. Bacteria and pollutants are dissolved as salt enters the lungs and respiratory system by eliminating mucous and opening constricted airways.
Salt Therapy is completely safe. It is a 100% drug free, non-invasive and comfortable treatment with no side effects or potential health hazards. The only people who should avoid being in a salt chamber are those with severe chronic respiratory issues and those with open wounds and sores. It is advisable that people going into a Salt Chamber remove all personal jewelry, glasses and other belongings since salt can be corrosive to exposed metal.
Salt therapy is not only safe for children, it is a highly recommended natural treatment. There are no potential harmful side effects. The treatment is suitable for children of any age (as young as 1 month old). Interestingly, children respond to the therapy more quickly than do adults.
During a salt therapy session children can play with toys, read books and interact with other children.
Halotherapy is recognized as safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure! Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders and active tuberculosis. Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns need to seek proper medical advice and care.
Some people are concerned about the intake of salt because of issues relating to diet, high blood pressure and hypertension. This type of salt intake is connected to the digestive track. Dry salt therapy is different as it associated to respiratory system. When inhaled, the amount of micro salt particles entering the respiratory system is extremely low that it doesn’t present any risk to your health. It actually kills bacteria, reduces inflammation and expands airways.
Infrequently. Some people might experience a mild tickle in the throat or an increase in cough due to an excess mucus buildup. This is an indication the therapy is working. Other effects might be a slight skin irritation for those with hypersensitive skin.
Benefits of Salt Therapy
Salt therapy has provided benefits for those with the following conditions:
- Bronchial Infections
- Chronic ENT illnesses
- Sinus Infections
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Smoker’s Cough
- Ear Infections
- Stress and Fatigue
Salt Rooms are designed to provide dry salt therapy in a man-made environment that can vary by size, design and function. A salt cave is a type of style and décor of a salt room that often resembles a cave-like environment.
There are basically two types of salt rooms—passive and active.
Passive salt rooms provide an environment using various salt elements and décor, along with the right temperature, humidity and climate conditions, to often mimic the look and feel of salt caves and mines to provide a therapeutic effect known as Speleotherapy. These facilities often do not utilize any equipment (halogenerator) to disperse salt into the air
Active salt rooms provide a much more effective salt therapy environment utilizing a Halogenerator to grind salt into micron-sized particles that is then dispersed into the air. The décor and style of the room can vary from simple children’s theme to a more spa environment and from a more clinical look to an elaborate cave-like room.
Most salt rooms are set-up to have several people at once sitting and relaxing in the room at a time. Sessions are typically scheduled and start at specific times for approximately 45 minutes.
A halogenerator is a specific type of technological equipment that is used to create an effective modality of providing dry salt therapy. A halogenerator is the most important piece of equipment that providers of halotherapy utilize in transforming a chamber into a salt room.
How Does a Halogenerator work?
- It has a feeding mechanism where you place salt crystals into that then release the salt into a grinder.
- The grinder is typically made of a blade and cutting mechanism that can precisely crush, grind and cut the salt crystals into precise micro-particles.
- These particles are then dispersed by a blower/fan mechanism that pushes the salt particles into the salt chamber room.
While some salt rooms just pile up salt in the room, most use special equipment known as halogenerators that grind salt into very tiny, microscopic breathable particles and disperse it into the room. As the salt is crushed the salt particles acquire a negative charge and high surface energy and then become alive, charged with kinetic energy, carrying properties that can provide the halogenerators can be adjusted in terms of the concentration of salt particles it disperses. Thus, the halogenerator is the most essential part of a therapeutic salt room.
Only salt rooms that provide active halotherapy have halogenerators.
All salts are not created equal! There are a variety of types of salts being used in salt rooms including Dead Sea, Mediterranean, Himalayan, Regular Sea Salt, different blends and pharmaceutical grade salt. Salt is used as décor and salt is used in halogenerators.
Dead sea salt, Mediterranean salts, salt blends, etc. often have trace elements and various mineral content. Depending on the region where the salt is cultivated, there could also be some moisture, clay and dirt particles that when crushed and grinded could harm the components inside the halogenerator. Likewise, people who have certain respiratory issues could have some adverse affect or reactions to some salts.
All of the validated clinical studies and scientific research for halotherapy involve using pharmaceutical grade salt in the halogenerator. Therefore, S.A.L.T. Chamber, Inc. highly recommends only using pharmaceutical salt for our halogenerators.
The salt on walls and floors do not inherently provide any therapeutic value except that Himalayan salt in its natural form as bricks or panels, do provide some electrolyzed ions that add to the therapeutic benefit of the treatments.
The most important aspect of providing effective dry salt therapy is utilizing a reliable and programmable halogenerator. With just a halogenerator you can provide effective salt therapy in a climate-controlled space. However, the space does not have to be a room where multiple people sit for a 45-60 minute session. Specific halogenerators have been designed for other delivery methods such as a salt bed, salt booth, or salt cabin which are designed for an individual, two-person usage. Because the volume of air space in this type of chamber is much smaller and the concentration levels of the salt from the halogenerator can be adjusted, the sessions in these type of units are significantly less, and range from 10-20 minutes a session. These units can simply be plugged into a standard wall outlet and be used right away. There are no other factors that need to be considered such as the construction, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, or exhaust or anything else! These type of units can easily fit into small spaces. These can be an attractive alternative given the costs of these units compared to building a salt room is relatively small. Likewise, many customers enjoy the privacy, personalized settings of the session and the time convenience.
Design, Installation and Operation
When considering having salt therapy as a choice in your facility, several factors should be considered such as:
- Physical space and layout
- Construction restrictions and limitations
- Type of treatments and usage
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
Salt rooms can vary in size depending on the physical layout of the facility. Salt rooms can range between 100-450 sq ft and can handle from 4 to 12 people. The most common size is around 250sf because that is what most halogenerators are able to service without loosing the therapeutic quality. However, some generators are powerful enough to handle rooms up to 440sf.
The main therapeutic benefit of a salt room is derived from the salt being dispersed in the air from the halogenerator. There is a sensory and experiential benefit that can enhance and possibly influence the therapeutic value by the aesthetic design and ambience of the room. Salt on the walls and floors can impact this experience. But depending on the type of salt being used, there may not be any therapeutic benefit. So far, Himalayan salt has proven to be the only salt that adds to the therapeutic benefit.
Putting salt on the walls can be a tedious, timely and costly expense. Existing walls must be lined with plywood, a non-toxic adhesive should be used and depending on the look and feel, salt can be hand thrown or blown on by a machine to texture the walls with salt. This process is labor intensive and could take weeks to install depending on how many salt rooms are being designed. Often, the property owner/landlord might need to be consulted in order to do this. To date, there are no OSHA/FDA requirements.
Putting salt on the floor may enhance the experience as well. You must take into account the existing flooring, baseboards, entry/exits and other factors to properly put salt on a floor. Often a platform is created to hold the tons of salt being used. You also have to issue foot coverings for people walking in and out and a salt floor requires some periodic maintenance. The type of salt being used on the floors makes a difference as well.
A popular and alternative trend being adopted now is utilizing Himalayan salt panels, bricks and décor to create an inviting ambiance that also has additional therapeutic benefit without the labor, permanent construction, and costs with salt walls.
Salt Rooms require purchasing non-erosive lounging furniture for the users to relax comfortably in the room.
No electronics of any kind should be used in the salt room since they are sensitive to salt. Therefore any sound system must be from outside the room with special non-erosive speakers inside. Keep in mind that users may use their own personal music system if it is enclosed in the appropriate encasing. It is advisable that people going into a salt room remove all personal jewelry, glasses and other belongings and often lockers are provided to the user.
Thousands of patients have been successfully treated by salt therapy. There is substantial research that has been conducted in many places including hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, and medical centers around the world. Most notably the majority of research has been conducted where salt therapy has been being utilized and where the products are developed such as Estonia, Russia, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Germany, Austria and Poland. Today, there are current studies occurring in the United States as well as other places further validate the science behind this type of therapy.
There are no special requirements for installing a Halogenerator. There are however special factors to consider for designing and building an effective salt room such as room size, dimensions, ceiling height, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), salt décor, special components such as lighting fixtures and speakers that are salt-resistant, etc.
Most Halogenerators are very simple and easy to operate. There is a basic switch and depending on the Halogenerator, they are pre-programmed or can be programmed for specific protocols for feeding rates, salt concentration, size of particles, length of session, etc.
Given the importance of delivering effective salt therapy, the Halogenerator is your most important choice. Obviously, reliability and quality of components is key. Customer service, warranty and responsiveness to any issues are vital to the success of your business. Other critical factors to consider include ease of operation and maintenance, programming capability, and functionality. Finally, noise levels of the Halogenerator, training, support and other aspects should be considered when choosing a Halogenerator.