Salt therapy is becoming increasingly popular across the country. A typical session of salt therapy involves sitting comfortably in a specially designed salt room and breathing in microscopic particles of salt. Sound relaxing? Well, it’s also proven to be effective for not only cleansing the respiratory system, reducing inflammation, enhancing athletic performance, and opening up air passages, but also for clearing up congestion by thinning out excessive mucus—a great boon for those suffering from respiratory illnesses. New salt therapy spa rooms have been opening up across Canada and the United States, as an increasing number of people begin to recognize its many health benefits. More recently, people suffering from illnesses such as cystic fibrosis are increasingly turning to salt therapy to complement their ongoing treatment.
Salt has long been known to have anti-inflammatory properties. In the 1800s, a scientist noticed that salt miners were found to have fewer respiratory illnesses and be healthier than the general population. The goal of salt therapy is to rejuvenate the lungs by replicating the environment found in such salt caves.
We’re constantly under threat by an influx of irritants, pollutants, and allergens. This is especially true for those of us living in the city. Those suffering from illnesses such as cystic fibrosis are particularly vulnerable, leading to such symptoms as irritation and persistent cough. Breathing in salt provides a soothing respite that works to clear up air-passages by unclogging the bronchi and bronchioles from air-borne pollutants. Salt therapy also reduces inflammation of the respiratory tract by absorbing edema from the mucosa lining in the air passages. This makes it easy for thick and sticky mucus to be easily eliminated from the body, which helps prevents the blocking of air-passages (a common problem for those with cystic fibrosis) and works to alleviate discomfort.
While breathing in salt does not represent a complete solution for cystic fibrosis, implementing it into your total care strategy can enhance your overall treatment plan. The key to achieving this is by being diligent with your ongoing maintenance. Being consistent with your application of salt therapy is key for dealing with your symptoms because you’ll be repeatedly cleansing your respiratory system which prevents bacteria and infections from proliferating.
Depending on the severity of your case, one salt therapy session per week is often a good amount for most people. This schedule can be modified according to your individual needs. For instance, if you happen to catch a cold or feel under the weather, you could also add a couple of extra sessions in the week in order to help accelerate your recovery; or, at the very least, provide you with some relief.