If you suffer from allergies, you know how miserable they can make you feel. Sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes- no one wants to deal with that all the time! Well, meet Halotherapy- your new best friend. Halotherapy is a natural and holistic treatment for allergies that many people are not aware of. In this blog post, we will dispel some common myths about allergies and explain why halotherapy can help. We will also discuss the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of salt therapy and show you how to use a salt room or salt booth for allergy treatment. Finally, we will briefly touch on how halotherapy can be used to treat other conditions such as asthma, COPD, long-haul COVID, and skin issues.
Allergies are often thought of as a minor annoyance, but for many people, they can be a debilitating condition. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Allergies cost the American economy billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and medical expenses. In fact, allergies are the third leading cause of absenteeism from work and school!
There are many different types of allergies, but they all have one thing in common- they are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to a foreign substance. These substances are known as allergens and can come from a variety of sources, including dust, pollen, pet dander, and food. When an allergic individual comes into contact with an allergen, their immune system will release histamines in an attempt to protect the body. This release of histamines is what causes the symptoms of allergies- sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, etc.
What are some common myths about allergies?
There are many myths about allergies, but here are a few of the most common:
- Allergies are caused by bad parenting. (Who believes this?!)
- Allergies can be cured.
- Allergies are caused by cold weather.
- Allergies only affect children and will be outgrown.
All of these myths are false!
Another common myth about allergies is that moving to a desert climate will cure them. This simply isn't true. Since allergies are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to a particular substance, and while dry air might temporarily relieve some symptoms, it won't do anything to address the underlying cause. In fact, living in a desert climate can actually make allergies worse, since there are more airborne particles to trigger an allergic reaction. Interestingly, Wyoming is one of the states with the highest rate of allergies. This may be due to the state's dry climate, which can exacerbate allergies.
Allergies are medical conditions that cannot be cured but can be managed. While there are many treatment options available for managing them, including over-the-counter and prescription medications, these treatments can often have undesirable side effects. Halotherapy is particularly beneficial for those who live in dry, desert climates like Wyoming, where allergies are a common problem. Because Halotherapy does not require the use of medication, it is a safe and effective treatment for people of all ages. Halotherapy is an excellent alternative to traditional allergy treatments, and it is quickly gaining popularity as a treatment for allergies in Wyoming.
So what exactly is Halotherapy and how does it help with allergies?
Halotherapy is also known as salt therapy or speleotherapy. Salt has been used for centuries as a natural healing remedy and is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The practice of inhaling salt air was first recorded in Eastern Europe in the 12th century. People with respiratory conditions would travel to caves near the sea to benefit from the salty air. In the 1800s, miners in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe were surprised to find a modern version of halotherapy after spending time working in the salt mines and noticing that not only had their respiratory conditions improved but they generally felt better and seemed to be unusually healthy.
But now, you don't have to travel to a cave or a salt mine to benefit from halotherapy - there's Balanced Healing Salt + Sauna! You can visit one of our halotherapy studios for dry-salt therapy, where you will sit or recline in a comfortable chair while breathing in the salty air in your own private suite, or a booth for a more intense treatment. You will receive both active and passive therapy. With active salt therapy, medical-grade salt is broken down by a halogenerator and circulated into the air. Passive salt therapy is received in the form of a Himalayan salt floor, salt bricks, massage balls, as well as various other salt lamps which all emit negative ions that can help to improve air quality.
The salt you inhale helps to cleanse your respiratory system and clear out your sinuses. Salt removes allergens from your lungs and reduces inflammation. In addition, salt therapy can help loosen mucus and phlegm, making it easier to cough up. When using our salt room or booth you may experience drainage and a need to clear your throat, but this is a good sign that the therapy is working! Many times clients will not realize the extent of their congestion until seeing the surprising results while in our therapy room. For these reasons, halotherapy can be used to treat a variety of allergies and respiratory conditions.
Halotherapy also helps skin conditions such as acne, dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. The salt kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, improves circulation and increases oxygenation of the blood, therefore, improving your overall skin health.
So in conclusion, regular use of Halotherapy can:
-manage several health conditions, especially allergies
-reduce the number of sick days taken each year
- improve work performance
- reduce stress
- increase energy levels
- improve overall health and well-being
There you have it.
We’ve debunked some common myths about allergies and explained why halotherapy can help. Salt therapy is a great way to fight inflammation and bacteria, which are two main causes of allergy symptoms. The best part is that there are no side effects! Relax and breathe in the therapeutic salt air while you nap, meditate, read, or do nothing at all in our calming space. Just let the halotherapy work its magic!
If you’re curious to learn more or ready to give salt therapy a try, please get in touch with us. We would be happy to help you book an appointment or answer any questions you may have about our services. And don’t forget – we also sell a variety of high-quality salt products that can help improve your health, so be sure to check them out! My very favorite is our enchanting bath salts, hand mixed with love by Tina. These are a good way to get your dose of wet-salt therapy!
Until next time, stay well! :) x Tori