Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen Therapy to Alleviate The Symptoms of Long Covid, Post Vaccine Effects and Muscle Damage in Athletes
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What is Oxygen Pressure Therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) is a non-invasive, painless treatment which involves breathing pure oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures in an enclosed chamber. This process causes oxygen to be absorbed by all body fluids and by all body cells and tissues, even those with blocked or reduced blood flow. The amount of oxygen dissolved in the body has long been known to be directly proportional to the pressure surrounding the body and the pressure of the air breathed.
Your blood carries the extra oxygen through your body in the plasma, accelerating your natural healing process, reducing inflammation, boosting the production of white blood cells that fight infection and even speeding up recovery. It is used around the world for medical, wellness and sports-related issues and conditions, to help the body to repair, recover and rejuvenate.
What Are The Benefits of HBOT?
With the help of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, more oxygen can be supplied to your plasma, cerebral spinal fluid (the fluid that is surrounding the brain and spine), the central nervous system fluids, the lymph system and bones.
HBOT can be used to improve sporting performance, significantly reduce recovery times, treat illness and injury, improve stamina and endurance, promote post-operative healing, improve skin tone, or to support your general health and well-being. Other benefits include:
✓ improved energy levels
✓ collagen and skin cell renewal
✓ reduced inflammation
✓ new blood cell production
✓ reduce pain
✓improved and enhanced immune system
✓ reduce stress
✓ Reduce the effects of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
How Can Extra Oxygen Help Me?
Oxygen is an element which is essential for us to live, and is necessary for our body to function correctly. Oxygen is vital for energy production, and is fundamental to help our bodies grow, heal and fight infections. Think of this treatment like an oxygen supplement, improving our overall health and giving the body an extra ability to perform at its best and helping to speed up the natural processes, such as healing. More Oxygen, More Energy...
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber is used to provide an increase in the amount of oxygen that passes into your body from your lungs every time you breathe. The extra oxygen makes more energy available in the body, giving the body extra capacity to fight disease, accelerate the healing of injuries, and improve overall health and vitality.
The increase in pressure from your Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) will increase the oxygen levels in your body and, in turn, increase the available energy in your body to
support the brain, heart, and liver. High oxygen availability can also improve immune function and response. Increasing the body’s natural absorption of oxygen can help to:
✓ repair tissue damage
✓ prevent premature ageing
✓ increase blood flow
✓ offset dementia
✓ remove impurities from pollution and toxins, such as those caused by smoking
How Can I Get More Oxygen Into My Body?
At normal air pressure, our oxygen-carrying cells (red blood cells) are saturated and therefore cannot carry any more oxygen that may be introduced into our bodies.
During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, the body is gently placed under pressure, creating an environment where oxygen can dissolve directly into the blood, tissue, and other bodily
fluids, thereby increasing oxygen levels in the cells allowing for enhanced energy availability over time.
Is This Therapy Safe For Me?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and pain free therapy that can even be used with children, however it is not for everyone. It should not be used by people who have had:
✓ a recent ear surgery or ear trauma
✓a cold or fever
✓certain types of lung disease
✓Upper respiratory infections
✓ Chronic sinusitis or sinus problems
✓ High fever
✓ Severe emphysema or other breathing problems
Please consult your GP if you are unsure before commencing with HBOT.
Therapy to Alleviate The Effects of Covid - Including Long Covid
Whilst many of the long lasting effects of Covid-19 are still being discovered, we know that many of those who have had the illness have reported symptoms of Long Covid. One of the main symptoms of Long Covid is fatigue. Recent studies have shown that these symptoms are reduced with the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
If you have recently recovered, or tested negative, from Covid then HBOT could aid you in recovering more quickly by increasing your energy and boosting your immune system.
Keep in mind that HBOT is not a cure for COVID-19, but it has been demonstrated to dramatically increase the immune function of patients.
Please consult your GP if you are suffering from Long Covid and whether HBOT is right for you.
Treating Side Effects Caused by the Covid Vaccine
Vaccines are designed to give you immunity without the dangers of getting the disease. It’s common to experience some mild-to-moderate side effects when receiving vaccinations. This is because your immune system is instructing your body to react in certain ways: it increases blood flow so more immune cells can circulate, and it raises your body temperature in order to kill the virus.
Reported side effects of COVID-19 vaccines have mostly been mild to moderate and have lasted no longer than a few days. Typical side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills and diarrhoea. Pressurised Oxygen Therapy could be used to help alleviate some of these symptoms.
If your symptoms last longer than a few days we advise that you contact your GP before commencing HBOT.
Can Oxygen Therapy Help My Clinical Condition?
As with all treatments and clinical conditions, we would always recommend that you consult your Health Practitioner before starting any new therapy. However, the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been well established in the management of a number of chronic conditions, and there is a ongoing research with promising results that demonstrate the benefits for many, including:
✓ Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
✓ Multiple sclerosis
✓ Lyme disease
✓ Some forms of cancer
✓ Post-operation scarring
✓ Soft tissue damage
Effective Oxygen Treatments For Injured Athletes
Elite sportspeople from Rugby, Tennis, American Football (NFL), Basketball (NBA), Olympic Swimming and more have been known to use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to aid them with their injury rehabilitation, energy levels, and endurance. HBOT can:
✓ Aid the repair of damaged muscle tissue
✓ Help injuries to heal faster by enriching the bloodstream with extra oxygen
✓ Speed up the healing process to reduce inflammation
✓ Lead to a more efficient recovery
✓ Reduce the effects of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
Oxygen Therapies for Younger Looking, Hydrated and Smooth Skin
Whilst there are ways to slow the effects of visually aging skin through a healthy diet, drinking water, exercise, lotions and potions etc, some aging is inevitable because, despite our best efforts, we just can’t beat genetics or the passage of time. Or can we?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been dubbed as one of Hollywood's best kept beauty secrets and it is rapidly becoming the first choice for skincare and anti-aging by many celebrities, actors and top models whose skin is constantly in the limelight.
Wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars and age spots are all forms of skin damage. By increasing the circulation to the skin, HBOT stimulates collagen production and improves skin elasticity, naturally improving the damage to your skin, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and repairing scar tissue.
Not only can skin damage be minimised on the face, but your entire body can benefit from HBOT. It is particularly effective for those who may have spent their younger years laying in the sun or using tanning beds.