Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is the administration of oxygen as a medical intervention, which can be for a variety of purposes in both chronic and acute patient care. Oxygen is essential for cell metabolism, and in turn, tissue oxygenation is essential for all normal physiological functions.

High blood and tissue levels of oxygen can be helpful or damaging, depending on circumstances and oxygen therapy should be used to benefit the patient by increasing the supply of oxygen to the lungs and thereby increasing the availability of oxygen to the body tissues, especially when the patient is suffering from hypoxia and/or hypoxemia.

Why Do We Need Oxygen?

Oxygen is a vital part of our lives and it is used for all of the body’s essential functions. For example, the brain – which is only two percent of our total weight – uses more than twenty percent of the body’s oxygen. Only ten percent of our energy comes from the food that we eat, while the remaining ninety percent comes from oxygen. Bad bacteria, toxins, viruses and parasites cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment.

If the body’s intake of oxygen is insufficient for whatever reason, then the body will be thrown out of balance. In today’s world, the most important factor that causes diminished oxygen intake is pollution. Cooked, processed and canned food also tends to be lower in oxygen content.

Reasons for Oxygen Therapy

Because oxygen deficiency is often overlooked, it is not seen as being a cause for symptoms or diseases. Some systems that may result from an imbalanced oxygen flow include premature ageing, depression, anger, fatigue, dullness, and a general feeling of sluggishness. If the imbalance is chronic, the immune system is weakened and we are left more susceptible to germs and viruses, therefore, diseases.

Hyperbaric chamber

 

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (Hyperbaric-Chamber)

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a form of oxygen therapy that raises the levels of oxygen in the body’s blood-plasma. Increased oxygen in the plasma leads to higher amounts of oxygen being delivered to the body’s tissues, organs and brain. The therapy allows additional amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the plasma and enter the tissues directly. Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes relaxation, stimulates the body’s healing processes, increases stamina and endurance and also helps the body to return to a state of balance and wellbeing.           

Some reasons for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy include allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory problems, acid stomach, stress, headaches, migraines, eczema, psoriasis, sports injuries and sleeping disorders. This therapy can also be useful in physical exercise and competitive sports.

Potential Benefits

There are several benefits to this form of therapy including:

Improves strength, energy and endurance; relieves tension and stress; improves concentration and memory; detoxifies the blood; promotes healing and counters ageing; strengthens heart and lungs; natural remedy for headaches and migraines; improves metabolism and aids digestion; reduces fatigue and improves sleeping patterns; relieves muscle stiffness; improves skin conditions

The Procedure

The treatment takes place inside a specially designed inflatable chamber that uses filtered ambient air with an additional oxygen concentrator to deliver oxygen to the body safely.

The chamber looks smaller deflated and will be larger when it is fully pressurized. The chamber inflates within few minutes and upon full inflation there will be enough room to stay lie down comfortably. After the inflation, the chamber will pressurize and this is a similar feeling to ascending or descending in a plane. Once at full pressure, you just breathe normally. You may take a book or magazine into the chamber, meditate, listen to music or simply sleep.

Each treatment lasts for 60 minutes and after the treatment, you may carry on with your day as normal. You are also able to eat and drink as soon as the treatment finishes. Occasional oxygen therapy treatments are recommended to ensure that oxygen levels remain at optimum. Under age child should be accompanied or closely supervised by parent or guardian.

Contra-indications  

However, there are some situations in which this therapy should not be used and they include if you have ear-canal problems or an ear infection; pregnancy; glaucoma; or flu and cold symptoms. Additionally, you should not undertake treatment if you are intoxicated, under the influence of drug (recreational or medical), claustrophobic or have major psychological disorder or if you are wearing perfume or cologne.