|High Dose Oxygen Therapy
High Dose Oxygen Therapy (HDOT) is a recognised medical
treatment, proven to enhance the body's natural healing
processes. It is approved under the Care Standard Legislation
in England and Wales. It has long been used to treat
decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, injuries
and wounds and is now being used successfully worldwide in
the symptomatic treatment of many neurological, vascular,
respiratory and inflammatory conditions such as: -
Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Migraine, Cerebral Palsy,
Parkinson's Disease, Arthritis, Respiratory Diseases,
Circulatory Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Wounds, Sports Injuries,
Myalgic Encephalopathy and Post Operative Healing and can be
used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.
Oxygen Therapy is used as an adjunct therapy when Cancer
patients are having Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy.
What is High Dose Oxygen Therapy?
Hgh Dose Oxygen Therapy is a medical use of oxygen at an
increased level of pressure.
HDOT raises the levels of oxygen in the body's
blood plasma which leads to higher amounts of oxygen being
delivered to the body's tissues, organs and brain.
The treatment consists of breathing in pure oxygen (100%)
through a face mask, hood or mouth piece whilst sitting normally
and comfortably in a barochamber which is increased to a predefined
pressure for a period of 60mins.
Why do we need oxygen?
Oxygen is vital for all the body's functions and is essential
for healing. Usually the supply we breathe in normal air is enough
for a normal healthy body to repair minor ailments. However, there
are times during more serious illness or injury when the body is
under added stress and requires greater amounts of oxygen to heal
How does High Dose Oxygen Therapy work?
Oxygen therapy boosts the body's ability to absorb oxygen,
which enters the body through the air we inhale and is diffused
throughout by red blood cells. Usually the supply we breathe in
is enough for a normal body metabolism and for repairs after minor
injury or illness.
However, there are times when the body is under stress and
requires additional oxygen. Injury or illness may reduce blood
flow, so the supply could be reduced, thereby limiting or
preventing recovery. Without appropriate oxygen levels, the
body's natural healing process cannot function properly.
Most illness and injuries occur and often linger at the
cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as in circulatory
problems, non-healing wounds or Stroke cases, adequate oxygen is
not reaching the damaged area.
This is where High Dosage Oxygen can help. By inhaling pure
oxygen, patients can increase the concentration of oxygen in their
blood, so that it's more efficiently delivered where it is needed
most. Oxygen is dissolved into all body fluids, the plasma, the
central nervous system, the lymph area and the bones, and can be
carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. When
normal oxygen values are re-established, this greatly enhances the
ability of the white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduce local
swelling and allow new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into
affected areas, creating better conditions for recovery.
How is HDOT administered?
The standard treatment time is 60 - 90 minutes. The
number of treatments varies depending on the nature and severity
of the condition. Generally sports and minor injuries will
require an intensive course of treatment until full recovery is
achieved while chronic conditions by their nature will require
ongoing treatment to maintain well-being and symptom relief. It
is recommended to complete a course of 20 treatments quick
session, taking 3 treatments a week or more until the course is
complete, followed by hourly 'top-up' sessions, to be taken once a
Our chamber allows 6 people to be treated simultaneously.
All clients are assessed both before treatment and at designated
intervals thereafter. Thus, the treatment regime is designed
specifically for the individual's needs.
The treatment session is conducted in three phases:
Compression: Once the door is closed, there will
be some noise as the pressure increases. It will get warmer and
you will feel fullness in your ears similar to when ascending &
descending in an aeroplane. You will have been taught how to
avoid discomfort by clearing or 'equalising' your ears. As
soon as the chamber pressure increases, you will need to start
making your ears 'pop'. There are several ways to do this and
the chamber attendant will find the best way that suits you.
Some people find that swallowing is sufficient. If you develop
any discomfort inform the attendant and the rate of compression
will be reduced.
Positive effects after High Dose Oxygen Therapy
noted by Mikolaj's Mother
Diagnosed condition: Autism
Up to 15 sessions the changes were small,
I cannot say that I noticed them. After 15 sessions,
changes take effect immediately after treatment and
are maintained on the same day. After 25 sessions,
changes are visible immediately after treatment and
persist for the next day.
Mikolaj is calmer, interacts better (especially
with other children, this had been a big problem).
The greatest progress is visible in his speech, he is
saying more words. Mikolaj says whole sentences, asks
a lot of questions. Before therapy he used only
questions with, what "(e.g. what is this?)" and,
where "(e.g. where is grandmother?)". After 30
sessions he started asking questions like, "did you
eat breakfast, Mummy?" I also see a lot of progress
in his imagination, spontaneously invents fun. Before
therapy Mikolaj used nappies, now he wears panties and
he goes alone to the toilet in preschool and at home.
He only wears nappy at bedtime.
At home Mikolaj had got a bad burn to his arm
from hot lemon sip, I noticed how quickly it had healed
due to having Oxygen Treatment.
I am very happy with the noticed improvements
Mikolaj has received at The Oxygen Therapy Centre.
||Monica Blazejowske (Mother)
|Treatment: On reaching the desired pressure
(usually 1.5 to 2.0 ata) the client places a mask over the head
and breathes oxygen for the duration of the session. The
treatment begins when the pressure reaches the prescribed level.
You may then rest, sleep, read or watch television if your
chamber is equipped with one. The mask can be removed
occasionally and the chamber can be decompressed at any time if
Decompression: After the prescribed amount of time
has elapsed the attendant will let you know when the treatment
is complete and the pressure will be lowered slowly, at a rate
that is comfortable. A session usually lasts just over an hour
and can be repeated daily. If a patient is receiving two
treatments a day the second treatment follows the first after a
three to four hour break outside the chamber.
What are the benefits of High Dose Oxygen Therapy?
High Dose Oxygen Therapy significantly:-
Reported benefits of HDOT are improvements in:-
- enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria
and prevent infection
- increases the supply of oxygen to injured and diseased
- reduces swelling, pressure and pain
- promotes the repair of injuries
- improves the rate at which lactate and ammonia levels
return to normal after exertion so boosting energy and
performance levels and minimising stress and fatigue
- memory and concentration
- balance and coordination
- bladder and bowel control
- pain and stress levels
- energy levels
- mood and sense of well-being
Are there any dangers or unwanted side effects with
High Dose Oxygen Therapy?
Some people may experience temporary ear discomfort,
tiredness and slight blurring of vision particularly during
the first few sessions. This is not unusual and may persist in
some for up to a few weeks but does clear in time. There have
also been some reports of aching teeth but this is slight and
There are no contraindications to HDOT, except
pneumothorax and acute ear or sinus infections.