Halotherapy – Salt Therapy for Pets
Halotherapy (Dry Salt Therapy) can be considered both an ancient and new form of therapy. The healing properties of salt date back to its use in ancient China, Egypt, Greece and Rome both as sea water baths and inhalation of salt. In 460 B.C, Hippocrates began recommending salt inhalation as a respiratory treatment. In the 19th century, a Polish physician named Dr Felix Boczkowski discovered that men working in the salt mines at Wieliczka suffered fewer respiratory problems than the general population.
In 1980, the Odessa Science Research Institute in Ukraine developed the first Halotherapy device. The machine replicated the grinding and crushing of salt and dispersed the particles into the air to model the conditions of an underground salt mine. Thus, modern salt therapy (or ‘Halotherapy’) was born.After 1991, halotherapy started spreading to other countries outside of Eastern europe – people sat in simulated salt caves seeking relief from respiratory conditions such as asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, croup, and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
What is Halotherpary?
Salt therapy is a natural remedy that involves inhaling pharmaceutical-grade dry salt in a comfortable, controlled environment.
As you sit back and relax amidst soft changing lights and gentle music, a special medical device called a halogenerator will disperse microscopic salt particles into the chamber. These tiny particles are inhaled deep into the airways and lungs and will also land on the skin.
Phoenix Rising Integrative Veterinary Care is equipped with a top of the line HaloBooth Pro™ providing the ultimate, private and most effective Halotherapy experience in just 15 – 20 minutes, compared to a 45-minute salt room therapy session.
How Does It Work?
Dry salt is very absorbent and has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Once inhaled, the salt causes your mucus to thin and liquefy, making it easier to dislodge and expel it– along with pathogens, debris and pollutants.
Dry salt particles also gently stimulate your body’s natural cilia movement. Cilia are tiny hair-like structures that help keep our airways clear of mucus and dirt, so we can breathe with ease. But with the help of salt, this process is accelerated. It is like a toothbrush for your airways, cleaning out mucus, debris and pathogens.
For the skin, dry salt can absorb impurities, regulate the pH level and promote your skin’s ‘good’ bacteria. It improves the skin’s protective properties, reducing inflammation and encouraging natural exfoliation and regeneration
What conditions can Halotherpary treat?
Halotherapy for pets is currently being used to treat:
- Kennel cough
- Feline infectious respiratory disease
- Feline bronchial asthma
- Pneumonia primary and secondary
- Respiratory viral infections ringworm in felines and canines
- Feline eosinophilic granuloma complex
- Chronic sinusitis in felines and canines
How long does halotherapy take to work?
Every experience is different, and it depends on the type and severity of your condition. Based on the research, we would recommend a course of 12-15 treatments, preferably within 4-8 weeks. You may feel some improvement after a single session, but a series of treatments is required to achieve long-term results.