The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen is normally transported in the blood stream by totally saturated haemoglobin (red blood cells full of oxygen).
Where there is tissue damage resulting from trauma, it leads to reduced blood supply in the affected area and may also be accompanied by swelling due to loss of fluid into the surrounding tissues. These factors limit the delivery of oxygen, causing the traumatised area a profound oxygen deficit and thereby delaying the healing process.
Oxygen Treatment elevates oxygen delivery to the tissue. As patients breathe 100% oxygen at elevated pressure, this heightened pressure causes an approx. 10 fold increase in the oxygenation of the blood which in turn results in increased oxygen delivery to the tissues and cells of the body. This promotes tissue repair, wound healing and fracture healing, while reducing pain and inflammation.
Tissue oxygen studies have shown that oxygen levels, after Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment, remain elevated for some hours after therapy, thereby lengthening the healing benefit in the affected areas.
Another benefit of Oxygen Treatment is the increased activity in white blood cells which in turn helps fight infection and reduces the risk of infection which is especially beneficial in wound healing and enhanced immune response.
From the varied range of conditions treated by our Centre the most common ones are the following (please note this is not an exhaustive list):
- Acute Migraine
- Autonomic Dysfunction
- Chronic, non-healing wounds
- Diabetic complications e.g. leg ulcers
- Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss ISSHL
- Leg ulcers
- Long COVID
- Lupus Arteritis
- Lyme’s Disease
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Physical traumas and Sports injuries (muscle tears, sprains, broken bones,
- ligament damage, hamstring damage, etc.)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post cancer treatment
- Post surgery wounds
- Pressure sores
- Radiation tissue damage
- Thermal burns
Oxygen Treatment is associated with relieving destressing symptoms which accompany motor neurological conditions caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, including stroke, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. MS and stroke victims may also suffer loss of limb movement, may have their speech or coordination severely compromised which is directly attributed to certain parts of the brain being deprived of oxygen and thus causing brain tissue to die.
While dead tissue cannot be revived, dying tissue can be recovered with startling success by delivering raised levels of oxygen to the affected area.
Please note: if your condition is not listed above, give us a call and we will assess whether Oxygen Treatment will be suitable and beneficial for you.