What is Oxygen Therapy?
Oxygen Therapy is the medical use of Oxygen in a pressurised environment. Clients breathe pure oxygen through a mask during one hour sessions in our pressurised baraochamber. This increases the oxygen level in the bloodstream, allowing the body to begin healing itself and generating new stem cells.
Unlike most drugs, which only treat the symptoms of ailments, Oxygen Therapy enables the body to repair damaged tissues.
The barochamber here was initially installed for use by people with MS, who have found that it helps to relieve symptoms such as fatigue, poor balance and mobility, and poor bladder control.
These days, we offer Oxygen Therapy to people with a wide variety of health conditions, including:
fibromyalgia, diabetic ulcers, cancer, Lyme disease, pacreatitis, sports injuries/wounds, rheumatiod arthritis, scleroderma, peptic ulcer, MS, Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, Parkinson's, asthma, autism, brain damage, eczema, stroke, dementia (front lobe), torn ligament, restless legs syndrome, Down's syndrome, inflamed tissue, cerebral palsy.
For an evidence-based guide to Oxygen Therapy for various conditions, we recommend: www.hyperbariclink.com.
You can also find out more about the practicalities of Oxygen Therapy in our information flyer: http://www.mstc-lothian.org.uk/docs/oxygenflyer.pdf.
Starting Oxygen Therapy
Introductory sessions are held every Friday at 2pm.
This is an opportunity to see the Centre and the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, find out more about the benefits of Oxygen Therapy, how it works, our safety procedures, and what you should expect. If you wish to proceed with Oxygen Therapy, a member of staff will answer any questions that you may have, will fit you with an oxygen mask for your first session. We then monitor your progress. It is important to follow all safety directions given to you by the staff, a handbook is provided with essential information. If you do not adhere to our safety protocols you will not be able to receive hyperbaric oxygen treatment
Information sessions last around 30 minutes. After the information session, there will usually be an opportunity to try an Oxygen Therapy session, which runs from 2:45pm - 4:15pm.
If you wish to attend, please call 0131 554 5384 to confirm your place.
You should also complete and bring the following forms:
Registration and self-assessment MS clients.
Registration and self-assessment Non-MS clients
These forms can be downloaded at http://www.mstc-lothian.org.uk/oxygentherapy.php.