Salt room therapy, as offered at Respira @ Skin Deep, serves as a complementary and natural treatment for adults and children suffering from asthma, COPD, and other respiratory conditions:
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects 20 million Americans. It is the most common chronic disease among children. Symptoms frequently include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. Asthma causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes. This, in turn, causes the narrowing of airways in the lungs and makes it more difficult for air to flow in and out of the lungs. There are a host of triggers, including viruses, exercise, allergies, food, and pollution. Many asthmatics also suffer from allergies such as dust mites, mold, animal dander, and pollen. This added problem significantly worsens their symptoms.
Typically, doctors prescribe medications such as antibiotics, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids to restore normal breathing and reduce bronchial inflammation and scarring. Like all prescribed medications, there are side effects to these drugs. For example, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology points out that long-term use of glucocorticosteriods (oral cortisone-like medications) can cause osteoporosis. Salt therapy does NOT make use of glucocorticosteriods or any other drugs. Salt room therapy is a safe alternative remedy for asthma and related breathing conditions.
COPD, Emphysema, and Bronchitis
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by permanent damage to the airways. COPD encompasses a group of diseases that cause airflow narrowing and blockage, which result in breathing problems. These include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and, in some cases, asthma. Emphysema is characterized by damage to the smaller airways and airsacs of the lungs. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi (the airways of the lungs).
Most people in the United States suffer from COPD as a result of cigarette smoking. COPD can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. COPD is also found in people who have experienced long-term exposure to lung irritants such as chemical fumes, pollution, or dust. COPD is a disease that develops slowly over time and most people who have it only exhibit symptoms after the age of 40.
Coughing is usually the first symptom of COPD. This cough usually becomes more persisitent over time. Often the next symptom to surface is breathnessness and wheezing. This is often noticed during physical exertion, such as climbing the stairs. Over time, mucous production typically increases with the cough. This is a sign of damaged airways.
Salt room therapy helps people reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of COPD. It can decrease the frequency of coughing and the intensity of your cough. It often helps loosen and drain mucous that is persistent in the lungs.
Asthma vs. COPD
People sometimes confuse asthma with COPD because these diseases share similar symptoms and sufferers of COPD can also have asthma. With COPD there is irreversible damage to the airways and they cannot be expanded. Thus the symptoms of COPD are chronic. Generally speaking, the symptoms of asthma are not chronic and can vary in intensity. Airways become inflamed which causes muscles in the airways to constrict and airways to narrow. Unlike COPD, asthma sufferers tend to respond well to treatments geared toward reducing inflammation and expanding the airways. Patients with COPD can benefit from salt therapy by reducing the uncomfortable symptoms of their illness.
How Can Salt Room Therapy Help?
Halotherapy is a drug-free, natural treatment that eases coughing, congestion, breathing difficulties, and other symptoms associated with these conditions. When you sit in the salt room, the controlled temperature, humidity and concentration of salt particles provides the optimal environment for healing. The mineral salt particles you inhale accelerate mucous clearance, purify the lungs, and reduce bronchial inflammation. Salt room therapy is often used as a preventative measure to combat the recurrence of asthma attacks. Inhaling the salt micro particles widens your airways and promotes healing in the bronchial tubes. Your breathing will improve and you will notice a difference.
Schedule an appointment in the salt room now so that we can help you or your child breathe easier with our drug-free treatment. Call us at 908-508-1800.