Having Oxygen Therapy: What happens during a session?
Before you start your first Oxygen Therapy session, or ‘dive’, you’ll have a thorough briefing from the trained operator on duty. Oxygen Therapy is conducted within strict regulations and all operators are comprehensively trained in its use.
You’ll be asked to take off any watches and jewellery, and smoking, matches and lighters are forbidden from the chamber. We also ask people not to make phone calls during a dive as it may stop other users being able to relax. Some tablet devices may have hard drives that are affected by the pressure so should be taken in at your own risk.
Once inside the oxygen chamber, you’ll sit on a comfortable chair for the duration. The doors have been specially adapted to allow easy access for those using wheelchairs with cambered wheels.
A mask goes over your face so you can breathe in pure oxygen during your session.
Oxygen Therapy is usually painless, and most people find it relaxing and comfortable. As the air pressure in the chamber is increased gradually, you might feel your ears pop as if you’re on an airplane. The operator will have shown you how to clear or ‘equalise’ your ears beforehand.
Although the chamber takes up to 10 people, some people report feeling claustrophobic inside.
You’ll be monitored throughout each session, which normally lasts for an hour and 20 minutes. We’ll also monitor your overall progress as your sessions continue.
How can I have Oxygen Therapy?
Anyone can refer themselves to have Oxygen Therapy with us.
Before starting treatment, our support manager Karen Middlemiss will ask you in to the Kent MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury for an assessment. During the meeting she’ll ask you details of your condition or injury, plus any prescribed medication you’re taking.
Next, our medical advisor will decide on your treatment protocol and your GP will also be notified.
How many treatments will I need?
Most people have an intensive introductory course of 20 hour-long sessions over four consecutive weeks, then top-up sessions once a week. This depends on your individual symptoms, however.
Oxygen Therapy is currently available on Mondays to Fridays from 8am-8pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm.
How much does it cost?
Sessions can be booked individually or in blocks of up to 20 sessions. Block bookings paid for in advance attract a discounted rate.
All money raised from Oxygen Therapy treatments goes towards the running costs of Kent MS Therapy Centre.
Cost of sessions
- Individual – £27.00 (£22 for those living with a long term health condition as determined by KMSTC)
- Block of 20 – *£486.00 (*£396 for those living with a long term health condition as determined by KMSTC)
* This includes a 10% discount which is applied to the first block of 20 sessions