- Vascular diseases
- Cerebral palsy
- Migraine and cluster headache
- Spinal cord injury
- Sports injuries
Vascular diseases Oxygen stimulates the formation of new blood vessels. Whilst this happens, the increased amount of oxygen in the blood plasma makes up for where the damaged vessels can’t transport oxygen to.
So where blood vessels have been damaged through direct trauma, disease or crushed by surrounding swelling, oxygen should be part of the treatment programme.
Oxygen therapy has been used to treat patients with numerous disorders, including stroke.
Oxygen therapy has been shown to decrease brain swelling, normalize water content in the brain, decrease the severity of brain infarction, and maintain the blood-brain barrier integrity. In addition,Oxygen therapy heals motor function problems, decreases the risks of issues due to this, and prevents recurrent cerebral circulatory disorders, thereby leading to improved outcomes. Oxygen also accelerates the healing of atherosclerotic lesions, promotes antioxidant defenses, and suppresses the proliferation of cells that do harm in atherosclerotic lesions.
Although no medical treatment is available for patients with cerebral palsy, in some studies, Oxygen therapy has improved the function of damaged cells, stopping the effects of low oxygen on the newborn brain, enhanced gross motor function and fine motor control, and alleviated spasticity.
Migraine and cluster headache
The treatment of patients with migraine, Oxygen therapy has been shown to reduce intracranial pressure significantly and abort acute attacks of migraine, reduce migraine headache pain, and prevent cluster headache.
Spinal cord injury
Oxygen has also been reported to accelerate neurologic recovery after spinal cord injury by helping mitochondrial dysfunction in the brain and spinal cord, arresting the spread of hemorrhage, reversing hypoxia, and reducing swelling.
The results of Oxygen in the treatment of patients with stroke, atherosclerosis, cerebral palsy, intracranial pressure, headache, and brain and spinal cord injury are promising.
The retina consumes oxygen at a rate faster than any other organ in the body. It is highly sensitive to a lack of blood supply.
Oxygen therapy is one of the few treatments proven effective for central retinal artery occlusion. Physicians may also use intravenous and topical medications or carbogen therapy, a combination of carbon dioxide and oxygen gas, to reduce pressure and increase blood circulation in the eye
Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is a blockage in one of the small arteries that supply blood to the retina of the eye. The retina is the back wall of the eye that senses light and transmits images to the brain. People with CRAO experience sudden blindness, blurring, or partial loss of vision. The vascular event is usually brief and painless, but retinal damage and impaired vision may be permanent.
Artery blockages, or occlusions, are caused by clots or fat deposits circulating with the blood. Hardening of the arteries and other cardiovascular diseases greatly increase the risk. CRAO may also be an early warning sign of stroke, heart attack, or other life-threatening medical emergencies.
The retina consumes oxygen at a rate faster than any other organ in the body. It is highly sensitive a lack of blood supply. In the treatment of CRAO oxygen therapy has succeeded where others in the last 100 years have failed. But quick access to an emergency-ready chamber is a must.
It is beneficial if begun within 2-12 hours of symptom onset.
Oxygen therapy is used as an adjunctive therapy to treat sports injuries, from the acute traumatic injury to muscle contusions and ankle sprains. It is also used in treatment of joint, ligament, and tendon injuries reducing recovery time.
Athletes need to be in great physical health in order to perform well. The risk of injury in any sport is high. More athletes are now becoming involved with their care, recovery and well being. One of the therapies they are choosing to use is Oxygen Therapy. Oxygen helps with the reduction of swelling and facilitates soft tissue healing. Many professional sports teams are now using oxygen therapy to enhance their performance and reduce fatigue.