Salt therapy is a natural remedy involving pharmaceutical-grade dry salt. It is usually done in a comfortable, controlled environment. There are two types of salt therapy in Victoria & New South Wales. These are wet salt therapy and dry salt therapy.
Two types of salt therapy
- Wet salt therapy. This kind of salt therapy includes saline solutions and nebulizers. As well as salt baths and salt scrubs. It is often used in neti pots, gargling solutions and sole drinking water. It is also used in exfoliations and flotation tanks, and with other modalities.
- Dry salt therapy. This salt therapy uses dry salt in an environment where there is no moisture and humidity. Dry salt therapy is usually done in a controlled space. That space is often referred to as salt rooms, salt caves, salt grottos, salt chambers, and the like.
There are special rooms that provide dry salt therapy in man-made environments. The active salt rooms and the passive salt rooms.
- Active salt rooms. These provide a controlled way of supplying micro-particles of salt in the air. These are then inhaled and absorbed by the skin. A piece of special equipment called a halogenerator helps to achieve this. Pure sodium chloride is often placed into the halogenerator. It then crushes and grinds the salt into micro-sized particles. It disperses the salt aerosol into the air after that. This type of dry salt therapy is more known as Halotherapy.
- Passive salt rooms. These are man-made environments filled with large amounts of varying types of salt. Some examples are Dead Sea, Himalayan, and Rock Salt. As well as Mediterranean and Caribbean. A halogenerator is not used. These passive salt rooms are often designed to control the climate. This is usually done by regulating several things. Such as airflow, humidity, and temperature. This allows for an environment free from allergen and pollutants. These rooms attempt to provide a type of salt therapy called Speleotherapy. But using a man-made environment. Speleotherapy is a therapy provided below the Earth’s surface. It utilizes the climate conditions and salt in the air. It is often found in natural-occurring caves and is not exclusive to salt mines and caves.
It is not recognized as halotherapy without any halotherapy equipment. It is only a passive salt room providing a great space for relaxation and meditation. It also increases psycho-emotional well-being. The effectiveness of dry salt therapy is often based on two things. One is the inhalation of certain sized salt particles into the respiratory system. And the other one is having the skin exposed to these micro-sized particles of salt. it is only possible in man-made environments using a halogenerator. This is the main difference between passive and active salt therapy rooms.