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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, also known as HbOT, involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment such as a chamber. We now offer this at our flagship clinic at Deansgate Square in Manchester. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment that enhances the bodies’ natural healing processes by saturating bodily fluids, tissues and cells with oxygen under pressure hence the name ‘Hyper’ meaning increased and ‘Baric’ meaning pressure.

The hyperbaric oxygen chambers are pressurised with 100 percent oxygen, the equivalent of diving 33 to 45 feet below sea level. The increase in pressure allows more oxygen to be dissolved into the plasma which is upto 10 to 20 times more than normal. The normal air we breathe contains approximately 21% oxygen whereas the air breathed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber contains around 200 to 240%.

What are Hyperbaric Oxygen Benefits?

Over time increased oxygen stimulates new tissue formation within blood vessels which is proven to be beneficial for the following:

  • Post-Surgery Recovery – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps reduce swelling, fights infection, builds new blood vessels which produces healthy tissue.
  • Healthy ageing – HbOT can help diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles by promoting fast repair of damaged cells.
  • A healthy brain – The therapy increases stem cell migration to injury sites and accelerates blood vessel growth in the brain.
  • Injury Recovery and Endurance – It allows athletes to recover faster from injury. Performance is improved and endurance enhanced.
  • Relieves Pain and Inflammation – Treatment can provide quick and strong pain relief whilst also dramatically reducing inflammation.
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What happens during a HbOT session?

The treatment consists of three phases. The first phase is compression, which involves the air within the chamber increasing in pressure. Clients will feel fullness in the ears similar to the feeling of being on an airplane. Once the pressure has reached the desired level, the second phase, treatment, will commence. The client then wears a mask and begins to breathe in the pure oxygen. After the treatment, the final decompression stage occurs, during which the pressure is lowered at a comfortable level. The rate of pressure is monitored by our trained staff to ensure your comfort and safety.

What can hyperbaric oxygen therapy be used for?

Hyperbaric oxygen has been used for many indications and there are numerous studies that show the potential benefits of treatment. The areas where HbOT has been used range from medicine to sports including:

Sports Recovery

Hyperbaric oxygen has been widely used in sports by athletes to aid recovery. This therapy can aid in the repair of damaged muscle tissue, heal injuries faster and enhance performance.

Health

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment has been used in medicine for sometime and for numerous conditions. There is good evidence to show improved wound healing; assistance in certain infections such as osteomyelitis, gangrene; and, treatment of air embolism or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ageing

There is some evidence that oxygen therapy can have potentially affect the ageing process. This can have an effect on DNA repair and also a protective effect.

Well Being

Delivery of high levels of oxygen to the body may help improve energy levels and reduce stress on the body.

Beauty

There are numerous studies to show the benefits of oxygen therapy on healing. The use of oxygen may also help the skin and reduce the signs of ageing such as lines and wrinkles.

Neurological Conditions

There is a growing body of studies to support the use of oxygen therapy in many medical conditions affecting the nervous system and brain. These conditions include: multiple sclerosis; Alzheimers; dementia; long Covid; migraines; fibromyalgia and many more.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

How many treatments are required?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with CLNQ is subject to consultation to determine suitability and to personalise treatment depending on patient need. In most cases of course of treatment is required at regular intervals.

Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy safe?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally a safe procedure and complications are rare. Treatment does however carry some risk such as:

  • Middle ear injuries, including leaking fluid and eardrum rupture, due to changes in air pressure
  • Temporary near-sightedness (myopia) caused by temporary eye lens changes
  • Lung collapse caused by air pressure changes (barotrauma)
  • Seizures as a result of too much oxygen (oxygen toxicity) in your central nervous system
  • Lowered blood sugar in people who have diabetes treated with insulin
  • In certain circumstances, fire — due to the oxygen-rich environment of the treatment chamber.
  • For your safety, items such as lighters or battery-powered devices that generate heat are not allowed into the chamber. In addition, you may need to remove hair and skin care products that are petroleum based, as they are a potential fire hazard.

How much does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy cost?

Individual sessions can be purchased however in most cases a course of treatments will usually provide the best results. Your specialist will provide a treatment plan during your consultation and a discounted rate applied when courses are booked. Hyperbaric oxygen cost starts from £125 for a single session but there are much better prices for hyperbaric oxygen therapy when purchased as packages of 10, 20 or 40 sessions. To find out about our hyperbaric oxygen therapy prices and latest offers please call us.

What is the recovery time post Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

There is no downtime following treatment. Normal activities can be resumed immediately afterwards although patients can sometimes feel more hungry or tired than usual, this will pass fairly quickly.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment please call the clinic on 0800 0584558 or complete the contact form and a member of our team will be in touch to provide more information.

Where can I get hyperbaric oxygen therapy near me?

You may be thinking where can I get hyperbaric oxygen therapy near me? Our hyperbaric oxygen chamber is located in the heart of Manchester at the foot of the Deansgate Square South Tower. This allows us to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Manchester at a location near many places including Cheshire and Merseyside.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy used for?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for many different conditions and reasons, which include:

  • Decompression sickness in scuba divers
  • Treatment of air or gas bubbles in the blood (air embolus)
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Infections
  • Post surgery healing
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Bone infections
  • Trauma or fractures
  • Sports injury or recovery

The above are medical indications for the use of HBOT. There are good scientific studies to show evidence that hyperbaric oxygen is useful in these cases. There are some other novel or alternative uses of HBOT where there is less evidence such as:

  • Wellbeing
  • Anti-ageing
  • Depression
  • Hair loss
  • Covid-19 or long Covid
  • Cancer

Do you offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy Manchester?

Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy Manchester clinic is in Deansgate Square where we have a dedicated hyperbaric oxygen chamber. This is one of only few hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the North West region.

How often should you do hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

The number of sessions will vary depending on the indication for use. We would usually recommend a session once or twice a week. We have some patients that come regularly whilst offers may have a session as a general wellbeing boost every now and again. There is no exact answer as to how often you should have hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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