Oxygen Therapy

At the Sussex MS Centre we have been providing Oxygen Therapy for over 25 years.

We have a multi-place chamber, which sits up to 5 people per session.

Our chamber is run by a team of dedicated trained volunteer operators, with 4 sessions each day Monday – Friday and 1 session on Tuesday evening.

Cost of Oxygen Therapy Sessions:

Anyone who wishes to use the chamber is asked to become a member of the Centre, which costs £15.00 per year (January – December). 

The suggested donation rates of oxygen therapy, per session, are:

MS                           £10

Other                      £16

Sports injury         £23

Outside Oxygen    £5

The reason for the difference in suggested donations between MS and Non-MS Members is due to our centre being partially funded by grants and external fundraising that is done in the name of members with MS. These funds assist in supporting the centre’s activities, and subsidises therapies for Members with MS.

Therapies are  available to all members of the Centre. If you would like to find out how to join the Centre, book a therapy or find out more information about this therapy then please call the Centre reception on 01273 594 484

Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen Therapy involves giving the body extra oxygen. Oxygen therapy raises the oxygen in the body up to 1000% through the increased pressure of the Oxygen chamber.

The therapy is given to people in an Oxygen chamber; the patient breathes the oxygen through a mask or hood, whilst the pressure on the inside of the chamber is changed to that on the outside.

The more the pressure is increased, the more oxygen the patient’s body is able to saturate in to his or her system.

The extra oxygen taken into the body during Oxygen Therapy assists the body in the areas where the healing is slowed down by infection or where blood supply is limited by damage to the tissues.

Oxygen Therapy can help reduce swelling and inflammation, promotes healing to infected or slow healing areas, and works as an immune modulator, assisting the body in fighting off viruses and bad bacteria. It also encourages new blood vessels to grow and carry additional blood.

Oxygen Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Oxygen treatment in MS can be used to stabilize the condition and improve the patient’s quality of life.

Research shows that in the type of inflammation which is typical of Multiple Sclerosis the transportation of oxygen is limited by the tissue swelling. There can be a severe lack of oxygen in the affected areas during “MS Flair”. If Oxygen therapy is undertaken it can help reduce the swelling and prevent further scarring or plaque formation.

Patients have reported improvement in numbness in the fingers and hands, in balance, walking, pain, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and improvement with visual fields. It is also constantly reported that the therapy improves bladder and bowel disorders.

Oxygen therapy for strokes and traumatic brain injuries

Oxygen therapy can be used for chronic stroke and traumatic brain injury patients by helping them to regenerate, repair and generate new blood vessels in the injured parts of the brain.

The pressurised chamber forces oxygen into all areas of the body, resulting in a re-awakening of dormant areas of the brain that are prevalent in people who have suffered from a stroke.

This can help to improve walking, speech, strength, balance, co-ordination and other areas that may have been affected by the stroke.

Oxygen therapy for Lyme’s Disease

Oxygen therapy has been used frequently over the past few years as a treatment for Lyme’s Disease.

Borrielia Burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme’s Disease, dies in the presence of abundant oxygen.

Oxygen therapy helps by reducing pain, modulating the immune system. It increases energy, alleviates sleep problems and reduces cognitive impairment.

Oxygen therapy for Cancer

Oxygen Therapy is used to treat a number of side-effects caused by cancer treatments such as radiotherapy. It can help with healing post radiotherapy wounds such as necrosis to the jaw or the neck. The increased oxygen in the body during and after Oxygen treatment can increase the speed of the healing in the tissues of the affected areas by regenerating and growing new blood vessels.

Oxygen therapy is also sometimes given before reconstructive surgery as it can help fight infection, assist natural healing and promote new blood vessels to grow and form new bone.

Oxygen therapy for Autism

Using oxygen treatment increases the cerebral blood flow and so oxygen is delivered to parts of the brain which are thought to be oxygen deficient in people with autism. When used to help with autism, oxygen improves receptive language, eye contact, irritability, hyperactivity and speech.

Oxygen therapy for wound care

Oxygen therapy is used when all other conventional types of wound care show no measurable signs of improvement. The treatment increases the amount of oxygen being carried by the blood to the organs and tissues, helping to initiate and establish micro vascularisation. It’s also known to enhance the work of some antibiotics and help the white blood cells fight infection.

Oxygen therapy for sports injuries/ broken bones

The time it takes to recover from joint, muscle, and tendon injuries can be reduced by up to 70% when people are treated with Oxygen.

The oxygen levels within the body tissues are increased through the treatment, and this allows the body to produce new body tissues and cells. It regenerates them around the affected parts of the body. The immunity of the body increases and the pain and swelling of the infected areas is reduced.

The higher concentration of oxygen that can reach the blood supply, organs and injured muscle and bone tissue, damaged tendons and joints, the better the body can naturally heal itself at a much faster rate.

Oxygen can help reduce swelling and pain, stop hypoxia of the affected tissues, reduce scar tissue, and speed up healing of tissues and fractures.

Recovery times are reduced, performance is improved and endurance is enhanced.

Oxygen therapy for Compartment Syndrome

Oxygen treatment is used for Compartment Syndrome when the patient is showing signs of pain and tense compartment weakness. It can reduce complications in severe cases, it increases oxygen delivery to the injured tissues, reduces swelling, inflammation and provides an environment for healing and fighting infection.

Oxygen therapy for ME/CFS

Studies show that reduced blood flow, especially in the brain, is common in ME/CFS.

Other scientific studies have pointed to impaired oxygen delivery and consumption levels in the muscles of ME or CFS patients.

Oxygen could be helpful in delivering oxygen to oxygen deficient parts of the body. However there have currently only been limited studies into the long term use of Oxygen therapy for ME/CFS patients.

ME/CFS patients who have used Oxygen Treatment have reported improvement in concentration, energy levels and sleeping patterns.

Contraindications

Please click here for details of contraindications in the use of oxygen therapy.