Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy raises the levels of oxygen in the body’s blood plasma through increased pressure. Increased oxygen in the plasma leads to higher amounts of oxygen being delivered to the body’s tissues, organs and brain with many therapeutic and lifestyle benefits.
Increased oxygen levels in the blood plasma gives the body tissues the ability to become more concentrated with oxygen creating a more effective environment to support normal healing and cell function.
In addition to helping patients heal post-surgery and athletes recover from injuries and fatigue, Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can provide effective treatment for some medical conditions. It helps to reduce hypoxic areas (insufficient oxygen for function) of the body to improve metabolic function of cells, support and strengthen immune response and enhance normal healing processes.
A course of therapy can:
• improve strength, energy and endurance
• relieve tension and stress & improve concentration and memory
• detoxify the blood
• promote healing and counter ageing
• strengthen heart and lungs
• provide a natural remedy for headaches and migraines
• improve metabolism and aid digestion
• reduce fatigue and improve sleeping patterns
• relieve muscle stiffness & improve skin conditions
• strengthen the immune system for a general sense of wellbeing
Sports Injury, Recovery and Endurance
Oxygen therapy helps your body to recover faster by reducing inflammation and accelerating muscle repair. Athletes report lower levels of lactic acid build up with hyperbaric therapy, greater endurance and less muscle fatigue. The pressurised environment of the chamber assists with sports injuries due to swelling, dehydration and ischemia. Higher concentrations of oxygen in the blood at the cellular level allows healing to occur at a much faster rate. The elevated oxygen levels allows athletes to increase performance and recover more rapidly.
Oxygen is carried to the cells where it is the vital ingredient in the healing process. This treatment can decrease the amount of scar tissue, bruising and swelling visible after surgery and decreases post-operative inflammation and infection. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy before and after surgery helps to heal wounds and accelerates recovery and more and more health professionals are now recommending mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help patients make a more rapid recovery after surgery.
Wellbeing, Sleep and Chronic Disease
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. Most clients report increased sleep and sleep quality after a few sessions. Ongoing improved wellbeing from increased oxygen levels in their blood stream is also reported. A number of clients also do mild hyperbaric therapy treatments as a conjunct to their chronic disease management and treatment.
Our Mild Hyperbaric Chamber does not use oxygen tanks so is perfectly safe. Increased oxygen is achieved through our pressurised chamber taking the patient to 4si (the equivalent of 4 metres below sea level) to achieve an increased uptake of oxygen while reclining comfortably and snuggly in the pod.
Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions . . .
How will I feel during and after the treatment?
Generally, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relaxing experience – in fact most people drift off to sleep. Your body will be detoxing and this is normal. However, some people may experience minor symptoms associated with detoxing after the treatment.
Following your first few sessions, you may experience fatigue as the body sweeps itself clear of toxic debris that has built up in the body. This is safe and normal during the healing process.
Alternatively, you may feel more alert, awake and energised with no detox symptoms – it will depend on your own body.
What does it feel like in the chamber?
You may feel a change of pressure in your ears, similar to the sensation of descending in an aircraft or diving deep in a pool. During treatment you may feel slightly warm whilst the chamber is pressuring, comfortable when the chamber is at pressure and slightly cool as it depressurises. Your heart rate and blood pressure will settle as the pressure increases helping you to relax.
Is Mild Hyperbaric Therapy Safe?
Yes, it is safe for every body – from the very young to the elderly. There have been no known side effects reported for Mild Hyperbaric Therapy.It is completely comfortable and safe. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has many healing and therapeutic benefits. The chamber can be utilised without the danger of oxygen toxicity and as it is completely safe, can be combined with most other therapies without the side effects associated with some treatments.
How long is a session?
Sessions usually last an hour. After each session you can carry on with your day as normal – there are no restrictions.
What should I wear?
You will be fully clothed during treatment and it is important that you relax, so wear something loose and comfortable. One hour in this oxygen rich environment is equivalent to four hours of quality sleep so relax and be comfortable
How many sessions will I need?
It is difficult to know how many sessions will be needed to heal an injury or manage an illness as this may depend on the extent of the injury or the time a chronic disease has been present. Daily sessions will enable the body to gain a threefold increase in the rate of healing. Your therapist will discuss your lifestyle and health goals before any treatment is commenced.
After treatment, occasional oxygen therapy treatments are recommended to ensure that oxygen levels remain optimum.
Further information and research available at http://communityhyperbaric.com/research-resources/