FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Our most frequently asked questions are listed below. If you can't find an answer, please don't hesitate to ask us.

How can I book an appointment?

you can book sessions by calling NaCl during normal business hours 937-508-4529 or using our online booking tool 24/7!
 

How often are treatments recommended?

*Below is a list of conditions and the suggested number of consecutive sessions, as used in Russian clinics and health spas. These numbers should not be treated as prescribed medical standards, but rather as suggested guidelines for treatment based on research. Visitors to NaCl Salt Spa should be attentive to their own unique needs/conditions and make decisions about treatment based on the way their bodies respond.

All treatment times are over a 8 week period unless otherwise noted

Asthma – intermittent, mild                                           
Asthma – moderate, severe                                          
Acute bronchitis                                                               
Recurrent bronchitis                                                        
Chronic obstructive bronchitis                                       
Pneumonia after acute stage                                         
Bronchiectatic disease                                                    
Cystic fibrosis                                                                    
Respiratory infections, influenza                                       

 

Vasomotor and allergic rhinitis, rhinosinusopathy       

 (chronic rhinitis that is not attributable to allergy or infection and is marked by runny nose, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, and sometimes sneezing triggered or exacerbated by various potentially irritating stimuli (as strong odors, smoke, alcohol, spicy food, or sudden temperature changes)               
 

Chronic pharyngitis and tonsillitis                                  
(Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the throat (also known as the pharynx) often caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The main symptom is a sore throat; other symptoms may include fever, cough, congestion, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. These symptoms can range from mild to severe)

 

Adenoiditis                                                                         
(The following are some of the more widely accepted reasons for having a adenoidectomy: Sleep apnea, or periods at night when your child stops breathing, Trouble swallowing, Tumor in the throat or nasal passage bleeding from the tonsils that cannot be stopped Significant blockage of the nasal passage and uncomfortable breathing)

 

Chronic sinusitis                                                               
Acute sinusitis                                                                     
Hay fever                                                                            
Multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome                             
Smokers                                                                             
After contact with industrial & household pollutants    

Skin pathology                                                                     

 

Are there any side effects?

Salt therapy is 100% natural, safe, and a drug free treatment that has no known associated negative side effects. Some people may experience a mild skin irritation that will disappear after a few sessions. Some may notice a mild taste of salt on their lips, while others may experience a mild tickle in their throat, which can be easily treated by sipping warm water after the session.

Can children come?

Yes children are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult in the Childrens Room.  NaCl has a designated area with toys for the children to play with during their salt therapy session. Children respond to the salt therapy / halotherapy very effectively.   Our children’s room has a salt floor for them to play in.


Can I bring water?
You are welcome to take a bottle of water into the treatment room but they must have a lid and not be glass. Other fluids are allowed they must have a lid and not be glass. We ask you not bring any food into the building. (No liquids or food permitted in the childrens room)

Do I need to make an appointment?

We do recommend booking as peak periods will get very busy. However, we do start Salt Therapy sessions on the hour throughout the day so you can head into NaCl Salt Spa just before hand to see if there is availability. Call for Appointments or visit our online bookings page.

Does it increase my sodium levels?

Salt therapy will not affect your sodium level. Breathing in salty air is not the same as ingesting salt.

How many salt therapy sessions do I need?

The number of salt therapy sessions required to see an improvement in a particular condition varies from person to person receiving salt therapy. This is because we are all unique — age, general health history, varying degrees of conditions (mild, moderate or severe). Some people use salt therapy as purely a preventative measure to avoid common colds and flu and other respiratory viruses. Other people like to use it as an effective treatment method for specific condition, like asthma. For this reason we cannot predict how many salt therapy sessions each person will need. We can however report that from our experience, on average we have seen salt therapy clients see an improvement in their condition in as little as 2 salt therapy visits, but some clients many take up to 15 - 20 visits. The majority of people visiting for respiratory conditions often feel an improvement in breathing after one to two sessions. Skin disorders respond in similar time frames with reduction in swelling and itching.

Is there clinical research to support Halotherapy?

Yes, clinical research has been conducted to test and report on the effectiveness of Halotherapy for the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis and a range of other respiratory conditions. It has been found to provide a positive benefit without any known negative side effects. Most of the research has been carried out in Europe, where salt therapy has become a popular and accepted form of alternative medicine.However, it is now widely accepted that salt therapy is an effective, drug free, and noninvasive method of treating a range of respiratory conditions. It is used in everything from IV solutions to nasal washes.

The most thorough research has been conducted by Dr. Chervinskaya, the head of Clinical Research at the Respiratory Center in St. Petersburg, Russia who has published more than two hundred articles on the topic. More recently, the New England Journal of Medicine has published an article on the effectiveness of salt therapy in aiding people with cystic fibrosis.

 

Other people are coughing in the salt therapy room. Is this OK?

Yes! It is a very sterile environment and is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.

As the salt is inhaled, it travels through the sinuses and respiratory tract absorbing moisture, cleansing, clearing mucus and killing bacteria. Salt has long been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as helping to loosen mucus build up and phlegm. Studies have shown that people with chronic upper respiratory conditions, seasonal allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis and skin disorders can derive significant benefits from halotherapy.

What are negative ions?

Negative ions are elements that are important to our health. Dust, cigarette fumes, modern convenient electrical appliances, such as TVs, computers, high-voltage networks and external pollutions rob the air of negative ions by creating an excess of positive ions which can create an electrical imbalance in the air and lead to a range of health complaints.

What will happen if I arrive late to my scheduled session?

Arriving promptly for you session is imperative, as once the session has begun, out of respect for those already enjoying the effects, we do not interrupt the session that has started.  If you cannot arrive on time, will need to reschedule for the next available opening.   *Sessions are 45 minutes long and begin every hour on the hour.

 

Who should not do Halotherapy?

We recommend that you consult with your doctor or physician if you have any concerns before starting Salt/Halotherapy. People not advised to do Salt/Halotherapy are those experiencing: infections accompanied by fever, acute active tuberculosis, cardiac insufficiency, COPD in third stage, bleeding, spitting of blood, contagious ailments, have use of an oxygen tank to aid breathing, alcohol or drug intoxication, unstable or uncontrolled hypertension, and acute stages of respiratory diseases.  

 

If I am pregnant is it safe for me to be in the salt therapy room?

Yes, Salt therapy is 100% drug-free with no side effects.   Salt therapy is suitable for babies.

Should I adjust my medications after I start treatments?

NEVER stop, or adjust any medications.   NaCl Salt Spa does not claim to be a replacement for medication or a medical treatment of any kind. Only your physician can best advise you on matters of your health.

*SOURCES:

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, Halotherapy Application in Treatment and Rehabilitation of Respiratory Diseases, Methodical Recommendation No. 95/111, Moscow 1995
Methodical recommendation was discussed and approved by the Scientific Board of the Institute of Pulmonology of the Russian Federation.
Clinical-Research Respiratory Center, St. Petersburg – Doctors A.V. Chervinskaya, S.I. Konovalov, O.V. Strashnova, N.G. Samsonova
Institute of Pulmonology of the Russian Federation, Moscow – Doctors A.G. Chchalin, I.D. Apulcina, I.E. Furman, A.A. Bondarenko, M.V. Samsonova

12-14  Treatments

18-21

12-14

12-14

18-21

12-14

20-25

20-25

  5-7   or 2x/week for prevention

14-18

14-18

14-18

14-18

  3-5

12-14

12-14

12-14

12-14

  8-25

While there are many clinical and scientific studies conducted on Halotherapy throughout the world, the FDA has not evaluated the statements made throughout this site. Halotherapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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