Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Salt Therapy?
Simply, Salt Therapy is breathing in salty air for therapeutic reasons. It is a common, natural treatment in eastern and central Europe but almost unknown elsewhere. It is based on the principle that exposure to the microclimate inside a natural salt mine/cave can play an important role in the relief of many health problems; especially for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory and skin conditions. Salt therapy delivered at therapeutic spas built inside salt mines / caves is known as Speleotherapy.
At The Salt Cave, salt therapy is delivered in a special room, where the microclimate of a natural salt mine / cave is replicated using a patented, state-of-the-art medical device called Breeze Tronic Pro.
2. How does Salt Therapy work?
Salt therapy uses Breeze Tronic Pro to reproduce and monitor the therapeutic microclimate of natural salt caves/ mines. The air coming from the medical device is sterile, negatively ionised and saturated with a low concentration of highly dispersed, curative dry saline (salt). Patients relax in a pleasant artificial Salt Cave, with salt on the floor and walls, breathe in the regulated salt, which is immediately transported to every part of the respiratory tract; even the smallest bronchioles and alveoli. Once in place, it dissolves and attracts the small, positively charged impurities, which are subsequently able to be either coughed up by the patient, or, which leave the body during metabolic processes via the bloodstream.
The treatment eliminates the root of all inflammatory respiratory illnesses (lower or upper tract, asthma, bronchitis as well as allergies and catarrh) by destroying bacteria and restoring health.
3. Which symptoms can be treated by Salt Therapy?
- chronic bronchitis
- hay fever
- ear infection
- breathlessness, chest tightness
- pneumonia (post acute stage)
- bronchiectatic disease
- smoker's cough (including secondary smoke)
- cough with viscous sputum discharging with difficulties
- dry, paroxysmal cough with distant rates
- dry rales (mostly with low tone) changing its localization during auscultation
- frequent acute disorders of respiratory tract
- multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome
- sinusitis/sinus inflammation
- respiratory infections
- respiratory allergies to industrial and household pollutants
4. What results can patients expect?
Since 1940, doctors acknowlegde that thousands of patients have been successfully treated by Speleotherapy (treatment in natural Salt Caves) in Canada, Russia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Austria and Germany. After receiving treatments, patients' breathing became easier, lung function and symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath improved, while prescription drug use decreased significantly.
Salt Therapy at the Salt Cave mimics the natural salt environment of central and eastern European salt mines and patients can expect to experience positive results in as few as 7-30 days.
5. How Are Health Improvements Noticeable?
As a result of Salt Therapy, the condition of compromised bronchi is restored, breathing became easier and quality in function of breathing improves. This facilitates the normalization of other bodily systems. Due to a fortified immune system, days off sick will decrease and patients will become more resilient.
In cases of asthma and croup, the inflammation causing spasms of the bronchus will cease and the passage of air through the bronchial tubes will normalise, leading to the end of attacks.
6. What shall I wear during Salt Therapy?
For Salt Therapy you don't need to wear any special clothing unless you are coming for skin conditions, when we recommend you wear shorts and T shirt, to expose as much of the affected area as possible. We provide hairnets and shoe covers to wear during the therapy. The temperature is a comfortable 22 C (room temperature).
We request that you do not to wear perfume or scented body lotion before or during the therapy, as many of our clients are allergic to them.
7. Why is relative humidity important in the Salt Cave?
The humidity in the room must be between 40-70%. If the air is too dry or too humid the efficacy of the therapy declines, as the tiny salt particles cannot get into the smallest parts of the lungs (alveoli). This is the reason that fountains or other water features cannot be installed in a Salt Cave. Breeze Tronic Pro continuously monitors the humidity in the salt rooms and, using its integral dehumidifier, the humidity is constantly kept in the ideal range.
8. What can I do with my small children/toddlers during the Salt Therapy session?
At all Salt Cave branches, there are dedicated children's Salt Rooms with plenty of toys, books, spacious playpen for babies and a TV where a selection of cartoons can be watched.
9. What is the difference between a Salt Pipe and The Salt Cave?
The dry salt aerosol microclimate inside the Salt Therapy rooms (halo chambers) at any Salt Cave branch, is continuously monitored and generated by Breeze Tronic Pro technology. The concentration, size of the particles, temperature, humidity and level of negative ionised charging is constantly controlled during the session.
Salt Pipes purchased from the internet might appear to be a cheaper alternative, but they cannot provide the same quality aerosol, which plays key role in the healing of the respiratory system. Salt particles in the pipe soon become oxidised after a few uses meaning that they are no longer able to deliver any healing effect.
10. What advantages does The Salt Cave - Salt Therapy has over the original salt mine cave environment?
Unlike the natural cave/salt mine clinic, the artificial Salt Cave with our special Breeze Tronic Pro is a controlled environment where the diffused salt concentration, temperature and humidity are constant and the size of the salt aerosol is controlled (1-5mkm). The air is hypobacterial, allergen free and saturated and diffused with dry sodium chloride. A session in our Salt Cave takes 60 minutes and patients come back 10-30 times depending on their condition.
In contrast, the healing respiratory effects in a natural Salt Cave are gained by people spending 2-3 hours a day, over a period of 2-3 months.
11. Is Salt Therapy suitable for children and babies?
YES! Salt Therapy is a 100% drug free treatment with no artificial elements. The treatment is suitable for children from the age of 6 months onwards. Children respond to the therapy very quickly and effectively.
12. Why do children suffer more often from respiratory illnesses?
Primarily, the body's natural defense mechanism for the respiratory system is not fully developed until the age 9. Before this time, larger particles of pollution can reach their lungs as the cilia cannot filter them out. Also, children are smaller, therefore the air they breathe is closer to the ground and more polluted (this is why buggies are designed to be higher than they were 20 years ago).
Additionally, children breathe more quickly than adults.
To summarise, children breathe more air, likely to be more polluted because they are closer to the ground, into an under-developed filtering system in their small lungs.
13. Why do you have salt lining the walls and on the floor in the room?
The 2 tons of salt on the walls and the floor is applied not only to be aesthetically pleasing but also to keep the room sterile. The Breeze Tronic Pro device is responsible for the curative microclimate.
14. Why is it so relaxing in the salt rooms?
Salt is negatively charged and has the natural ability to attract and bind positively charged particles to it. The neutralizing forces of salt can cancel out positive charged and harmful electromagnetic vibrations in our environment (electro-smog), as well as in our body. Hence, salt therapy has de-stressing, relaxing effects; it is beneficial for calming the nervous system.
15. I thought salt was not good for us. Why is it good in the lungs?
Eating too much table salt is linked to high blood pressure due to the anti caking agent (E535 and E536) content, which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However with Salt Therapy you will breathe the diffused dry saline into the respiratory system, it does not have anti anti caking agent in it and it does not even go go to your stomach / hearth / kidneys. The concentration is 1-10 mg/m3 is in The Salt Cave and a normal adult's daily recommended salt intake is 6g, from this you can see that the amount of salt going into your respiratory system is really low. Even if you would eat it instead of breathing it that amount would not trigger any issue. In the lungs however it kills the bacteria, reduce the mucus and inflammation.
16. How sterile is the microclimate in The Salt Cave?
A stable, hypoallergenic, hypobacterial environment is maintained in the therapy room, where the microclimate is three times cleaner than in a sterile operating theatre. It is therefore highly unlikely that any infection could be passed on during a session.
If somehow any bacteria entered the room during a session and was not killed by the 2 tons of salt on the walls and floor, it would be removed during the 15 minute ventilation time, which follows each Salt Therapy session and would exit the building via ducting.