What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Also known as CF, it is a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. The defective gene in CF causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.
There are currently 30,000 people living with CF in the US alone, while more than 75% of the patients are diagnosed by age two. Approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed in the US each year. CF life expectancy has greatly increased in the past several years.
What are the therapies for CF?
Therapies include antibiotic treatment of lung and sinus infections, enzyme therapy, oxygen therapy, percussion vest, flu and bacterial vaccines, and Lung transplant. Lifestyle changes are very important, such as avoiding chemicals, smoke, mold and mildew, staying hydrated, drinking lots of water, and exercising regularly.
What does The Salt Pad offer for CF patients?
We offer an all-natural treatment called Halotherapy. Halo is the Greek word for Salt. Salt is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. In the past 150 years, salt therapy has become increasingly popular, and for good reason. In 1843, a Polish physician, Dr Feliks Boczkowski, noticed that workers at the Wieliczka salt mine did not suffer from lung disorders that were common at that time. During the ensuing years, Dr Boczkowsk developed a therapy based on his theory that spending time in salt mines by breathing in the dry salt aerosol could cure ill health. In fact, most had long lasting effects due to their improved immune system function.
By utilizing a special machine, called a Halogenerator, The Salt Pad is able to recreate the same conditions as a natural salt cave! Our Halogenerator crushes up pure pharmaceutical grade salt into a micro particle sized mist, that is highly concentrated, and blown into our treatment rooms. We have a kids room filled with a Himalayan sea salt floor, toys and books- it feels like playing on the beach sand! Our adult room has a Himalayan salt floor, soft music, and comfy leather recliner chairs. The Salt mist breaks up mucus to allow patients to breathe easier and more comfortably. Salt therapy also strengthens your immune system, leaving you less vulnerable to infections and illness.
A session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Consistent treatment (as in just about any natural approach) is the key to receiving maximum and longer lasting relief. We offer affordable pricing. Call us at 980.498.2895.
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