What is Salt Therapy?
Pharmaceutical grade salt is ground to micron sized particles and dispersed into the air. Clients simply relax in comfortable chairs and breathe in the cool, dry salt air. The tiny particles of salt are able to reach the deepest part of the lungs, sinuses, ears, and pores of the skin where they absorb and help to remove bacteria, virus, mold spores, pollen and inhaled pollutants. The salt aerosol also thins the mucus and speeds up the rate at which it is expelled from the lungs. The respiratory tract and skin is cleared, and inflammation is reduced thus benefiting the entire body.
Where did salt therapy originate?
In the mid 1800’s, Polish physicians noticed that salt miners rarely suffered from respiratory diseases. Many asthma and allergy sufferers who hid out in the salt mines during the war, emerged breathing freely. From these observations, speleotherapy (salt cave therapy) was founded. Today the healthcare systems in many countries pay for people to spend several weeks per year in the salt mines in order to prevent, and heal respiratory and skin conditions. Athletes throughout the world incorporate salt therapy sessions in their training regimens and it increases oxygenation and endurance.
Throughout the world, we now find halotherapy rooms, built to recreate the salt cave environment. Special equipment called halogenerators grind and disperse salt aerosol into the air. One 45 minute halotherapy session is said to be the equivalent of three days in the salt caves. Many hospitals in Russia treat their respiratory patients in halotherapy rooms.
The Infinity Salt Air Machine (ISR-1000) is the next generation of dry salt therapy. We are finding that a 5-10 minute session is as beneficial now as the 45 minute session in a room with larger salt particles. The added bonus, is that it is compact and portable. You can have a session anytime, anywhere, at your convenience.
What conditions benefit from dry salt aerosol?
• Breathing difficulties
• Cold/Flu Prevention
• Cystic fibrosis
• Ear infections
• Inhanced endurance and oxygenation
• Hay fever
• Sinusitis/sinus inflammation
• Smoker’s cough (must have quit 3 weeks prior in order to avoid third hand smoke)
• Snoring / sleep apnea
• Stress and fatigue
How is the ISR-1000 different from traditional salt room experiences?
Traditional salt rooms are larger and take more salt aerosol to fill to appropriate concentrations. Most of the time there is salt dust on the floor, chairs, clothes and you. The ISR-1000 was designed to be used in smaller spaces, or in the open, but in close proximity to the machine. The salt aerosol produced is much finer and is able to reach deep into the lungs and sinuses quickly.This reduces the amount of time needed to achieve the same results.
With a personal, highly portable unit you are able to eliminate travel time to a salt room, and reduce the amount of time spent ‘salting’ .
Video - Next Generation Salt Therapy
Next generation salt therapy – https://youtu.be/Ig46eUPy5LY
Is Salt Therapy safe for children?
There are no side effects to this treatment and it is safe for children and adults to use. Halotherapy involves no artificial elements, simply pure salt that acts as a natural disinfectant for clearer lungs and skin.
How many sessions are needed?
Many people notice some relief from the first session. However longer lasting results are found with multiple sessions. Depending on the condition, 8-20 sessions fairly close together may be needed. Once symptoms are reduced, the frequency of sessions will depend on the individual and the conditions they are experiencing.
Are there any side effects?
Typically there are none. Some individuals have experienced a slight throat tickle, which can be alleviated with gargling warm water after a session. In cases with an individual that is highly sensitive they can experience slight skin irritation or red patches; however, they usually go away after a few sessions.
If you experience increased coughing that means the salt therapy treatment is working. This is the body’s way of clearing mucus and toxic buildup. If there is a heavy mucus build up, coughing and sinus drainage may get worse with a lot of mucus being expelled between the 4th and 6th sessions as the body goes into a healing state. Clients generally report feeling much better after the 6th session.
Do you need to stop taking medications if receiving salt therapy?
No. You should continue your medications as directed by your doctor. Since salt therapy is all-natural it does not have any interactive effects with medications. Often, individuals who undergo salt therapy will find that they are less dependent on certain medication and that their symptoms are less frequent and less severe. Let you physician know that you are using dry salt aerosol therapy so that he/she can monitor any changes needed with your medications.
When should Salt Therapy be avoided?
Halotherapy has not been studied in depth in the US. My research of over 6 years with clients under a physician’s care, and studies of European research since the late 1800’s has not found contraindications except for a high percentage of large dusty salt aerosol particles in the 10 micron and greater range perhaps triggering asthma. We have also had cardiologists tell us that their patients have improved with salt therapy. Please note that you are not ingesting the salt and the amount of salt aerosolized with the ISR-1000 is less than 1/8th teaspoon. Most of that goes into the air and the amount you inhale is miniscule. Of the amount you inhale most of that is trapped in the mucus and expelled with regular breathing, coughing, sneezing and blowing the nose.
As a precaution, the associations state that halotherapy is not recommended for individuals with the following conditions:
• Any kind of infectious disease. – Infections accompanied by fever (This recommendation was included for people going into a communal salt room. It should not be an issue at home. We have had several with the flu that recovered very quickly with salt therapy.)
• Acute respiratory disease
• Cardiac insufficiency
• COPD with 3rd stage of chronic lung insufficiency
• Coughing of blood/bleeding
• High blood pressure/hypertension in IIB stage
• Any form or stage of tuberculosis
• Chronic kidney disease
• All internal diseases of decompensation
If you are unsure if salt therapy is appropriate for you, please contact your physician and ask him or her to investigate for you.
What kind of salt is used?
We use pharmaceutical grade salt because it dissolves into a gas and liquid. Clients with compromised lungs such as COPD have difficulty clearing their lungs, and we don’t want particles of finely ground minerals to become trapped in the scar tissue and possibly cause later issues.
Is there research to support Salt Therapy (halotherapy)?
Salt therapy has been researched and studied in both Russia and Eastern Europe. The first medical study on Cystic Fibrosis has been conducted in Florida with very positive effects. For a list of research articles please see The Salt Therapy Association’s website http://salttherapyassociation.org.
Video: Cleaning the machine after a session
For utube video demo for cleaning the machine please click this link: https://youtu.be/K5nLpz6ebvA
Video: My machine is running but I don't see any salt coming out.
https://youtu.be/7zflitUYlU0 – Click for video
The ISR-1000 is able to produce particles of salt so tiny that it is hard for the naked eye to see. This is why you are able to have fully effective sessions in 5 to 10 minutes instead of the traditional 45 minutes. There are very few large particles to stick in your nose, throat and upper respiratory tract.
If you have experienced traditional salt rooms you may have been in some that the salt ranged from lightly dusty, to extremely foggy where you had salt dust on your clothes and all over the furniture. The amount of salt dispersed in the longest run with the ISR-1000 is less than 1.2 grams. There may be a few grains that pop out of the machine if the blade hits it just right, but there will be virtually no salt dust anywhere.
Hold the machine up against a dark background and illuminate with a flashlight to see the aerosol better.
Video: Salt aerosol escaping from air intake vents
Link to video – https://youtu.be/QWRwUcpTvr4
Two reasons that the salt aerosol will escape from the middle of the machine (the air intake vents) are shown in the video. One is that one or all of the little brass connector pins have salt dust on them and the top pin cannot make a full connection to the bottom pin. If this happens, power cannot get to the fan and it does not run pulling the salt aerosol up and out the top.
The other reason is that you have twisted the fan box around (attached to the grill cover on top) when sliding it back onto the machine The fan power cord comes out one side of the fan box and goes into the hole directly under it connecting the fan to the machine and running power up to the fan itself. If you twist the top around the cord gets crimped and the power is pinched off. See video for clarity