Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a form of oxygen therapy that raises the levels of oxygen in the body’s blood plasma. Increased oxygen in the plasma leads to higher amounts of oxygen being delivered to the body’s tissues, organs and brain. The therapy allows additional amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the plasma and enter the tissues directly. 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.
If the body’s intake of oxygen is insufficient for whatever reason, then the body will be thrown out of balance. In today’s world, the most important factor that causes diminished oxygen intake is pollution. Cooked, processed and canned food also tends to be lower in oxygen content, as are foods that are higher in fat.
Some reasons for mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy include allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory problems, acid stomach, stress, headaches, migraines, eczema, psoriasis, sports injuries and sleeping disorders. This therapy can also be useful in physical exercise and competitive sports.
Because you will be fully clothed during the treatment, it is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing. The chamber looks smaller deflated and will be larger when it is fully pressurized. The chamber inflates within one minute and upon full inflation there will be enough room to sit upright or to lie down comfortably. After the inflation, the chamber will pressurize and this is a similar feeling to ascending or descending in a plane. Once at full pressure, you just breathe normally. You may take a book or magazine into the chamber, meditate, listen to music or simply sleep.
Each treatment lasts for 60 minutes and after the treatment, you may carry on with your day as normal. You are also able to eat and drink as soon as the treatment finishes. Occasional oxygen therapy treatments are recommended to ensure that oxygen levels remain at optimum.
However, there are some situations in which this therapy should not be used and they include if you have ear canal problems or an ear infection; pregnancy; glaucoma; or flu and cold symptoms. Additionally, you should not undertake treatment if you are inebriated, or if you are wearing perfume or cologne.
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