Salt therapy can bring relief to symptoms of chronic respiratory conditions that affect millions of people all over the world. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.
Although there is no cure for COPD, salt therapy treatment can alleviate symptoms, decrease the frequency and severity of exacerbations, and increase the ability to exercise.
For those who smoke, the most important aspect of treatment is to quit. Avoiding tobacco smoke and removing other air pollutants from the home or workplace are also important. Salt therapy has been proven to clear the respiratory tract from allergens like pollen and tobacco smoke. The common cold and flu can cause serious problems in people with COPD. Salt therapy can reduce the incidence of infection in the lungs by destroying bacteria and germs.
The most common symptoms of this disease are coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. They are commonly treated with medication and pulmonary rehabilitation. Salt particles inhaled during a salt therapy session are very small, 3-5 microns, and make their way deep in the pulmonary track and sinuses. The salt particles reduce inflammation in the mucosa lining the airway passages and allow more airflow. Blockages in the bronchi and bronchioles are reduced and the normal transport of mucus is restored making breathing easier. “The change in my breathing has been remarkable. I have less bouts of bronchitis and the effects of my allergies are reduced since I started the Salt Therapy Treatment in Salt Caves at Pontemed Clinic, Letterkenny”, says James, a COPD sufferer from Co. Sligo.
There are many complimentary therapies available that can work in conjunction with your current treatment and medications. Salt’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it the perfect preventative treatment for people with chronic respiratory conditions. Managing the symptoms of COPD will help sufferers to live a better more active life and sometimes slow down its progress.
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