OUR OXYGEN THERAPY WORKS
- NOW BREATHE!
What is it?
Oxygen Therapy (sometimes called hyperbaric oxygen therapy) involves breathing pure oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressures.
The air that we breathe usually provides enough oxygen for both normal body metabolism and repair of tissue damage after injury or illness. However, breathing high levels of oxygen under pressurised conditions causes greater uptake of oxygen by the bodily fluids and so more can reach areas where the circulation is diminished or blocked (due to illness or injury) and therefore improve recovery. The delivery of increased oxygen to the body tissues greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria. It also reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.
MORE ABOUT HOW THE OXYGEN WORKS
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?
Oxygen Therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment which most patients find comfortable and relaxing. You will be treated in a secure and comfortable purpose built chamber with a trained operator present at all times.
The treatment itself involves breathing the oxygen through a face mask whilst within our chamber. We usually recommend a block of initial sessions, one hour a day for a period of 4 weeks although more or less sessions may be required depending on the ailment being treated. After this initial block, maintenance sessions are recommended based on response to treatments.
On entering the chamber clients sit in chairs or where required your own wheelchair can be loaded in to the chamber. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and shoes must be removed. No smoking materials, matches or lighters are allowed in the chamber.
WHAT CAN OXYGEN THERAPY HELP TO TREAT?
Oxygen Therapy can be used as an effective treatment for a wide range of diseases and conditions, including:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME)
Crohn's and Colitis
Skin Problems (inc. psoriasis)
IS OXYGEN THERAPY SAFE?
Over 3 million treatment sessions for neurological problems and other conditions have been carried out in the UK since 1982, at 64 non-profit centres, without a single serious incident.
WHAT WILL IT FEEL LIKE DURING SESSIONS?
There are three stages to the session:
Stage 1 - Compression
Once the door is closed, there will be some noise as air is pushed in to the chamber and the pressure increases. It will get warmer and you will feel fullness in your ears similar to when in an aeroplane. You will have been shown how to avoid discomfort by clearing or ‘equalising’ your ears. There are several ways to do this and the chamber operator will talk you through these. Most people find that swallowing or sipping water is sufficient. If you develop any discomfort inform the attendant and the rate of compression will be reduced or stopped. There may be a few unusual noises but this is normal as the chamber ‘descends’.
Stage 2 - Treatment
On reaching the required pressure the chamber operator will notify clients that they are 'at depth', the client places a mask over the head and breathes oxygen for the duration of the session. The mask can be removed occasionally for taking a rest or having a sip of water.
Stage 3 - Decompression
After the treatment time has elapsed (usually between 45-60 minutes) the chamber operator will notify clients that the session is complete. Decompression of the chamber will then start. Again the chamber may make noises as the air escapes from valves to bring the chamber pressure back to normal atmospheric pressure.
Once the chamber is full decompressed the chamber operator will open the door and clients can exit the chamber.
CAN I READ IN THE CHAMBER?
Sessions generally take over an hour, therefore we encourage all clients to take something to help pass the time in to the chamber.
You can read a book, eBook, listen to music through earphones on a personal device or watch something on your tablet computer. Some people like to knit, or take notes if they are studying also.
CAN I TAKE FOOD OR SOMETHING TO DRINK INTO THE CHAMBER?
You can take something to drink in to the chamber, we usually recommend sipping water as it also helps to clear the ears during compression. You can also safely remove your mask at any point to have a drink throughout the session.
You CANNOT eat whilst in the chamber. No food, or chewing gum is permitted to be consumed within the chamber.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNWELL OR CANNOT STAY IN THE CHAMBER?
The chamber operator is within audible communication with clients inside the chamber at all times, there is also windows which we can see inside the chamber. If you are in distress, feeling unwell or unable to remain in the chamber for any reason the operator will talk over the intercom system with you and if needed abort the session.