What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) most commonly refers to the delivery of increased levels of oxygen at greater than ambient pressure for a prescribed duration of usually 60 to 90 minutes.

The air we normally breathe contains 21% oxygen,78% nitrogen,with remaining 1% being contributed by the noble gases and carbon dioxide.The concentration by these gases is determined by the atmospheric pressure which is determined by the weather and is reduced at altitude.

Unfortunately the variations in this pressure are ignored in general practice. Atmospheric pressure is accorded the unit 1 to represent atmospheric pressure absolute (1ata) and this unit is divided according to the percentages of the gases in air to give their ‘partial pressures’ that is the total each gas is responsible for-Oxygen therefore being 0.21ata (21%of 1) and nitrogen 0.78%of 1)

A Hyperbaric chamber is needed to allow the pressure around the body to be increased. The technology is very well established.in fact all commercial aircraft are Hyperbaric Chambers equipped with oxygen breathing systems

General guidance, especially on protocols and the likelihood of benefit, is obtained from the coordinator of the Oxygen Helpline Petra Kliempt BSc MPH PhD, who is the Hon. Specialist Trainer in Hyperbaric Medicine to the NHS in Scotland.  The Oxygen Helpline and MS National Therapy Centres are also assisted by the Hon. Medical Adviser Emeritus Professor Philip B.James

Our centre operates a self-referral process.

It is always recommended that clients visit their GP or Consultant before commencing HBOT.

There is no intention implied or otherwise that HBOT is given so with the intention of it being a cure diagnosis or as a preventative for any disease.  Any references, studies or testimonials on our website, or in our literature does not imply that similar results will occur when the same therapy is experienced by another.