– Respiratory Hygiene & Preventative Care –
Boca Raton, FL –As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be breaking news with the national and international media, as well as becoming somewhat political with economic implications, it’s important to note that this is a lung and respiratory health issue facing the world’s population. Dry salt therapy (aka halotherapy, ‘halo’ is Greek for salt) has been researched for the past few decades around the world with very positive results in relieving upper and lower respiratory conditions. In many countries, it is an approved therapeutic treatment covered by health providers.
The Salt Therapy Association (STA) has over 1600+ members and there are approximately 1250+ facilities throughout the United States that provide dry salt therapy. In 2014, the Salt Therapy Association was formed by an international group of the most prominent industry experts, leaders, influencers and medical professionals, including Founding Director Dr. Daniel T. Layish, MD, a 20-year veteran pulmonologist and Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease.
According to Dr. Layish, “It is too early to tell what impact halotherapy may have with this strain of the coronavirus, however, this coronavirus does affect the respiratory and lung system and dry salt therapy has shown to provide symptomatic benefit such as in a clinical study we conducted that focused on patients with cystic fibrosis.” A strong advocate for this complementary therapy, Dr. Layish often recommends his patients to the local Salt Room in Orlando, Florida.
“While there is no need to be overly concerned at this time”, says Dr. Layish, “being proactive and taking care of your respiratory system is becoming more important than ever before”. According to the Salt Therapy Association, dry salt therapy is antimicrobial which kills some microorganisms or stops their growth.
Leo M. Tonkin, Founding Chairman of the Salt Therapy Association and CEO of SALT Chamber, says, “Halotherapy is provided by sitting in an environment where 99.99% pure-grade sodium chloride is ground by a device called a halogenerator into micron-sized particles that are then dispersed into the room or SALT Booth® as a dry salt aerosol. This pure dry salt aerosol is then inhaled and penetrates deep into the respiratory system as well as the through the surface layers of the skin”.
There are hundreds of salt therapy providers located throughout North America as stand-alone salt therapy facilities, or as a service offered in day spas, med spas, country clubs, wellness centers, massage and yoga centers, as well as some of the most notable resort and destinations resorts such as The Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons, JW Marriott, and locations around the world.
According to Dr. Layish, “While the pure grade sodium chloride is antibacterial, people should be aware of their surroundings and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA) is a good resource of information, such as ensuring you are washing your hands and cleaning surfaces.”
“Standards have been established for designing and building salt rooms. Some refer to them as a salt cave based on their décor, but the efficacy of halotherapy is derived from the halogenerator, not Himalayan salt décor or products,” added Tonkin. “While salt therapy facilities clean between each session, properly designed and built salt rooms work with their HVAC system and purge the air between each salt session so that fresh, new dry salt air is introduced for their customers.”
Salt Therapy has been shown to be a safe and complimentary wellness treatment. As always, if you have questions, please contact your local health care professional.
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