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What is Halotherapy?


Halotherapy acts to cleanse and detoxify the lungs, thus improving respiratory function.  The inhaled dry salt  removes impurities from the lungs, clears congestion,  kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, increased oxygen intake, and boosts immunity. 

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What is Halotherapy?


Halotherapy acts to cleanse and detoxify the lungs, thus improving respiratory function.  The inhaled dry salt  removes impurities from the lungs, clears congestion,  kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, increased oxygen intake, and boosts immunity. 

 

Halotherapy is a safe, modern,  holistic method that adopts the principles of  Speleotherapy, and involves the practice of dry salt therapy.   The word speleotherapy comes from the Greek word "speleo" which means cave.  In Speleotherapy, a person sits in a salt lined cave and inhales the mineral infused air for respiratory benefits.    The word Halotherapy is derived from the Greek word "halos," meaning salt.   In halotherapy, the "salt cave" environment seen in speleotherapy is replicated, and with the use of a machine called a halogenerator, pure sodium chloride crystals are crushed into microsized particles, and the salt aerosol is released into the air to be inhaled.  

Halotherapy acts to cleanse and detoxify the lungs, thus improving respiratory function.  The inhaled dry salt  removes impurities from the lungs, clears congestion,  kills bacteria, reduces inflammation, increased oxygen intake, and boosts immunity.  It is also very relaxing, and good for stress relief.   Halotherapy also benefits the skin by normalizing pH, helping dermal repair, and increasing skin rigidity.

Halotherapy is safe for adults AND children.   It is all natural, holistic, restorative, non -invasive, and 100% drug free.  

An overview of Halotherapy at the Salt Cove in the Pike Creek Shopping Center. Our sessions are now 45 minutes.  

Please Note - the salt being infused from the Halogenerator can be hard to see from the naked eye, but is captured in the video above to show how much salt is being distributed into the room

Halotherapy is NOT Recommended for:

  • Contagious diseases

  • Fever

  • Open Wounds

  • Cancer

  • Severe Hypertension

  • Mental disorders

  • Active Tuberculosis

  • Acute respiratory disease

  • Coughing up blood, bloody sputum

  • Cardiac insufficiency

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Hyperthyroidism

DISCLAIMER:  These products are not intended to diagnose,  treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.  The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated this product.  Halotherapy is not intended to replace your current medical treatment .   The Salt Cove makes no claim to any of the information provided.   The Salt Cove takes no responsibility to patrons wanting to treat themselves.  The Salt Cove recommends that any medical condition be treated by the appropriate competent medical professional.   If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your physician before starting halotherapy.   If you are unsure whether to start halotherapy or not, please consult your medical physician.  

 

History of Halotherapy

The benefits of dry salt therapy have been known for many years.  Centuries ago, monks would use natural salt caves and grind salt rocks together to produce salt dust for people with respiratory conditions to inhale.  They noted that respiratory conditions would get better after the salt dust was inhaled.    

In 1843, Polish physician Feliks Boczkowski discovered that workers in salt mines had much healthier respiratory systems than those workers in coal mines.  He attributed it to the fact that those workers in the salt mines were inhaling salt dust on a regular basis.  Dr. Boczkowski published a book on the benefits of inhaling salt dust, and his predecessor Mstislav Poljakowski established the first salt clinic near Krakow, Poland. It is still in operation today.  

The benefits of salt therapy were also recognized during the 1940s.  In Germany, during World War II, salt mines were used as bomb shelters.  People would spend extended periods of time in the salt mines, and it was noted that those with asthma experienced improvements in respiratory function.  

In the 1950s studies, primarily performed in the USSR, began to show the effectiveness on salt therapy for respiratory conditions.  By the 1960s, the first man-made salt chamber was created in Eastern Europe.  Soon after, many other salt sanatoriums were built.   In a study done in the 1980s, Prof. Dr. Chervinskaya, the founder of Halotherapy, concluded that dry salt aerosol was the main therapeutic factor  of natural salt mines.  Simulating halotherapy in man-made environments has grown in popularity in Europe, and several halotherapy clinics have opened up in the United States.  The Salt Cove is the first halotherapy clinic to open in Delaware.   

 

 

 
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Myofascial Release


Myofascial release is a gentle, hands-on approach to releasing fascial restrictions in the whole body. 

Myofascial Release


Myofascial release is a gentle, hands-on approach to releasing fascial restrictions in the whole body. 

Fascia is connective tissue that covers every muscle, bone, organ, and nerve in the body in a three-dimensional web. It spreads from the head to toe.  Due to postural imbalances, trauma, or injury, the fascia may become restricted somewhere in the body.  These restrictions cause abnormal forces in the body, leading to pain, inflammation and functional deficits. Therapists trained in myofascial release look for these fascial restrictions during an evaluation,  andrelease them to restore balance in the body.


During a treatment session, the physical therapist will evaluate the entire body, and look for areas of postural imbalance, pain, and fascial restrictions.  Treatment involves releasing these restrictions using the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach.  The therapist applies gentle, hands-on pressure to areas of restriction to release them barrier by barrier.  As deeper restrictions are released, you may experience symptoms of pain and/or increased discomfort, especially after several treatment sessions.  This is part of the body's normal healing response and is integral to recovery and restoring function. 
The length of treatment varies from person to person.  Our goal is to restore reduce pain, improve balance and function,and ultimately assist you in following a self -treatment program.  Other forms of traditional physical therapy such as stretching, and an exercise program will be incorporated to help you achieve your goals.

At this time, we do not accept insurance.  Receipts can be provided upon request if a patient wishes to submit to their insurance company to be considered for reimbursement.  It is the sole responsibility of the patient to submit to their insurance company.  We cannot guarantee reimbursement of services.   Cash and Check are accepted for payment.  Payment in full must be provided at time of treatment.

 

***In the state of Delaware, a physical therapist has direct access to treat a patient for 30 days without a physician's script.   After 30 days, a physician's prescription is required for any further treatment.    

 Fascia in the Human Body

Fascia in the Human Body

Meet the Owners


Meet the Owners


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Shannon Bushong

Shannon Bushong, DPT graduated with her Masters of Physical Therapy from MCP Hahnemann University in 2001.  She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Scranton in 2010.  Dr. Bushong has been licensed as a physical therapist in the states of Delaware and Pennsylvania since 2001.   She has over 14 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings such as acute care, rehabilitation, joint replacement,employee injury prevention, and home care.  She has worked with both the adult and pediatric populations with a variety of clinical diagnoses including, neurological, oncology, cardiac, chronic pain, post-surgical, and gross motor developmental delays.  Shannon has been trained in myofascial release techniques by John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB, the developer of the myofascial release approach.  Over the past 18 months she has treated patients in a private, home based office.   She incorporates myofascial release in her practice as an integral treatment method in reducing pain, and restoring function and mobility in her patients.    Dr. Bushong continues to attend John F. Barnes Myofascial release seminars to sharpen her skills and treat a variety of ailments.

 

Brandon Bushong  

Brandon has worked in Information Technology for the past 18 years. He started as a contractor for Info Systems in 1999 working various desktop support roles before landing at Jennersville Hospital full time in 2000. In 2005, Brandon then moved to Barclays Bank in Wilmington and spent nearly 10 years at the credit card issuer, moving from the desktop / server teams to network engineering in 2006.    Brandon currently works as a network engineer for Corporation Service Company (CSC).

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