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Oxygenation Therapy

Oxygenation Therapy

Oxygenation therapy refers to therapies that utilize oxygen to improve health or help treat diseases.

When a person is ill and oxygen saturation is low, oxygen is administered to normalize it. This is commonly used in hospitals for conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema and heart failure. In some cases, people benefit from oxygen therapy at home as well.

What is oxygen saturation (SaO2): SaO2 measures the percentage of hemoglobin binding sites occupied by oxygen. Normal levels are usually greater than 95%. People become short of breath as levels go below 90%.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HOT) refers to a therapy of placing a person in a hyperbaric chamber (a high pressure chamber) with high levels of oxygen. This is commonly used to treat individuals with wounds such as people with diabetic foot ulcers.

Oxygen Multi-step Therapy (OMT) is a form of oxygenation therapy that integrates three therapies:

  1. Supplements and medications that increase blood flow to the capillary beds and tissues of the body are provided prior to the use of supplemental oxygen.
  2. Supplemental oxygen is provided using a breathing mask.
  3. While receiving the supplemental oxygen the individual uses exercise or other methods to increase the output of blood by the heart.

OMT an important therapeutic modality used in our Vitality Program.

We are dependent on biological energy for every aspect of function. Every aspect of function at the level of the organs, tissues within the organs, cells and structures within the cells is dependent on adequate energy. This energy is created by biochemical actions within the cells. It is stored as energy rich phosphate molecules called ATP and creatine phosphate. A key factor in optimal energy production is the delivery of adequate oxygen to the tissues and the cells. The adequate delivery of oxygen is dependent on normal lung function with normal gas exchange of breathing and normal circulation.

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