Hometown Healthcare News http://www.hometownhealthcare.comhttps://www.hometownhealthcare.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:31:20 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 What is Exercising With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)? How does it work? http://www.hometownhealthcare.comhttps://www.hometownhealthcare.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8015 <div class="col-xs-12"> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/what_is_exercising_with_oxygen_therapy.jpg" alt="What is Exercising With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)? How does it work?" width="100%" height="NaN" /></div> <br /> <p>There are many fad methods to improve your health. But if we look towards science, we can find seemingly easy ways to help our body be stronger. Exercising With Oxygen Therapy, or EWOT, was developed with the basic understanding that without oxygen, we can&rsquo;t function. But simply having some oxygen in our bodies is not enough. Instead, if we had access to better, more concentrated oxygen, we would be able to live stronger and longer.</p> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/ewot_running.jpg" alt="runner benefitting from EWOT" width="100%" height="NaN" /></div> <br /> <h2>THE SCIENCE BEHIND EXERCISE WITH OXYGEN THERAPY</h2> <p>We need oxygen to survive. While we can sometimes get by with the bare minimum of oxygen, if we want to exert more energy, then we will need more oxygen in our bodies. With EWOT, this all-important oxygen is transmitted into our bloodstream, allowing our muscles to work harder and our bodies to produce better results.</p> <p>For the most part, the normal oxygen levels within our blood plasma are actually lower than they should be. This is often a result of lack of exercise or poor breathing techniques. If our oxygen levels are low, to begin with, then while exercising, these levels are depleted further.</p> <p>The result of having oxygen-starved blood is that the cells can&rsquo;t regulate themselves properly and instead start to absorb surrounding fluids. Too much fluid and the cells will swell. Blood cells reside within the capillaries of our body, which are small, narrow tubes. If the blood cells swell, then they take up too much room within the capillaries. This means that blood can&rsquo;t flow as freely which then results in less blood moving around the body and less blood reaching muscles, tissues, and organs. Without blood, which is how oxygen is transported, then our body can&rsquo;t function properly. In the long term, this can lead to a whole host of ailments. In the short term, during exercise, this can lead to shortness of breath, sore muscles, and an overall incapacity to achieve the desired results.</p> <br /> <h2>THE HISTORY OF EXERCISE WITH OXYGEN THERAPY</h2> <p>EWOT came to the forefront of science in the 1950s. It was discovered by German physicians who pioneered studies surrounding the important effects of oxygen. In particular, Dr. Manfred Von Ardenne looked at oxygen therapy which in turn has become EWOT. Since then, the principles of EWOT have remained very much the same. With modern science and technology, more has become known about oxygen therapy. And as more people have a better understanding of the basic science, EWOT has steadily been embraced by those in the health community.</p> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/ewot_cycling.jpg" alt="patient on a stationary bike using exercising with oxygen therapy" width="100%" height="NaN" /></div> <br /> <h2>THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE WITH OXYGEN THERAPY</h2> <p>There are many benefits to EWOT. Overall, you will become a more energetic person. Your entire body will have more access to oxygen will make you seem more alive and less sluggish. Organs and tissues will be able to heal themselves more easily because they will have the necessary building blocks needed. Our bodies take a lot of strain in the course of a lifetime. If they are better able to heal themselves and are healthier, to begin with, then they will have a much longer lifespan.</p> <p>The immune system will get a much-needed boost. By improving your immune system before you get sick, it means that when you are exposed to new germs, your body will be better able to defend itself. Less sick time means more productivity.</p> <p>As mentioned in the Science portion above, if blood cells don&rsquo;t have enough oxygen, they take on fluid and become bloated, which then inflames blood vessels, muscles, and joints. Extra oxygen lessens this inflammation. If there is less pressure on the body, the internal organs don&rsquo;t have to work as hard.</p> <br /> <h2>THE PROCESS OF EXERCISE WITH OXYGEN THERAPY</h2> <p>With EWOT, an individual needs direct access to concentrated oxygen. The air we breath primarily has oxygen in it, but it also has other gases. With EWOT, people use a container of special oxygen that is considered high concentration. This means that between 8 and 10 liters of oxygen flow from a tank into your body. Additionally, a special mask is required so that the pure oxygen does not escape. Most importantly, the oxygen saturation level needs to be between 90 and 95%.</p> <p>There are many smaller canisters available with lower oxygen percentages and while they are more readily available, and at a lower cost, they will not achieve the same benefits. In fact, they are not truly considered a part of EWOT. Instead, the tank you need for EWOT must meet the specific requirements mentioned above for all the wonderful benefits to actually be received.</p> <p>Before administering the concentrated oxygen, a person needs to begin some form of exercise. Stationary bikes are a good tool for this. Then, the oxygen is used, and a session lasts about 15 minutes. The number of sessions needed depends on the recommendation of a professional. It is highly recommended that you go to a specific EWOT clinic for the treatments. These professionals can explain the science behind the treatment and will be there to supervise you as you go through the process.</p> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/ewot_mask_and_hose.jpg" alt="exercising with oxygen therapy mask, hose, and equipment" width="100%" height="NaN" /></div> <br /> <p>Exercising With Oxygen Therapy has been around for over 70 years, but thanks to new breakthroughs and a general understanding of science among most people, it is now growing in popularity. There is a recognition that our bodies are finite and it&rsquo;s up to us to learn how to best use them. If we aren&rsquo;t using our bodies to their fullest potential, then there must be a way to do so. EWOT allows us to build stronger organs, tissues, and muscles, help increase our immunity, and can lead to an overall feeling of energy and excitement.</p> </div> How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work? http://www.hometownhealthcare.comhttps://www.hometownhealthcare.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7880 <div class="col-xs-12"> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/cold_laser_therapy_blog_cover.jpg" alt="cold laser therapy - how does it work?" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /></div> <br /> <p>Cold laser therapy is a unique way to treat damaged tissues and relieve pain and inflammation, quite different from the normal therapy we all know. It is versatile in treating many health problems and is believed to have the potential of treating many chronic health issues in the future. There is still research on-going to determine how cold laser therapy can be improved, but it is important to know what it entails.</p> <br /><br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/cold_laser_therapy_for_back_pain.jpg" alt="cold laser therapy being used for back pain" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /></div> <h2>WHAT IS COLD LASER THERAPY?</h2> <p>Cold laser therapy is the application of low-intensity laser to stimulate healing at low levels of light. It is termed as &ldquo;cold&rdquo; because it occurs at a lower temperature than the usual laser surgery. The temperature is therefore regarded as low because it is not hot enough to heat the body tissues. This doesn&rsquo;t mean it is less effective, but perhaps a better option for patients with weaker bodies. Other forms of therapy are used for coagulating tissues and destroying tumors. They include aesthetic and surgical lasers, and they add heat to the tissues undergoing treatment.</p> <br /> <h2>OTHER NAMES FOR COLD LASER THERAPY</h2> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)</li> <li>Soft Laser Biostimulation (SLB)</li> <li>Low-Power Laser Therapy (LPLT)</li> <li>Photobiomodulation</li> </ul> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/cold_laser_therapy_for_neck_pain.jpg" alt="patient in discomfort with neck pain" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /></div> <h2>HOW DOES COLD LASER THERAPY WORK?</h2> <p>The procedure for using cold laser therapy is quite different. It involves applying different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light to the specified areas that require treatment. The light is absorbed by the body - its natural response. Near-infrared light is used in this procedure along with red light, and they cause a reaction in the body. The reaction causes the damaged cells to react physiologically, promoting regeneration.</p> <p>The extent to which the cold laser therapy is used is dependent on the healing required. Superficial tissues are usually treated with wavelengths of light between 600 nm and 700 nm (nanometers). Deeper healing requires deeper penetrations with wavelengths between 780 nm and 950 nm. During the treatment, the patient will feel the laser device on their skin. However, the procedure is painless and is not invasive in any form. The procedure is very noiseless, due to the absence of vibration and heat. All it requires is a few minutes, and the treatment session is complete.</p> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/cold_laser_therapy_acupuncture_alternative_20181102152523.jpg" alt="doctor finding pain points for cold laser therapy" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /></div> <h2>WHAT DOES COLD LASER THERAPY TREAT?</h2> <p>Tissue repair and relieving pain and inflammation are the major uses of cold laser therapy, however, a lot of medical practitioners use cold laser therapy treatment in different ways. Here are a few examples:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>SPRAINS AND MINOR INJURIES: the treatment of minor injuries and sprains in physical therapy and sports medicine practice is usually done with cold laser therapy. These include tendonitis, ligament sprains, bursitis, neck pain, muscle strains, tennis elbow, lower back pain, knee pain, and all forms of pain accompanying muscle spasms. Cold laser therapy is also used here for reducing swellings, and promoting the healing of soft tissues and joints.</li> <li>INFLAMMATION: tissues in the mouth get inflamed, and dentists use cold laser therapy for inflammation reduction. Dentists also use it for healing ulcerations, while doctors use it for treating Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) -caused inflammations and other chronic autoimmune diseases.</li> <li>ACHES AND PAINS: pain caused by Fibromyalgia and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated with cold laser therapy in pain clinics.</li> <li>WOUND HEALING: difficult-to-heal wounds are treated with cold laser therapy, including diabetes-related wounds.</li> <li>SKIN REJUVENATION: certain skin problems are treated with cold laser therapy. These include psoriasis, acne and its scars, vitiligo, rashes, dermatitis, burns, and edema.</li> <li>ACUPUNCTURE: cold laser, and other low-level laser beams, can stimulate the acupoints of the human body, just like needles. It is a suitable substitute for those that are not comfortable with needles.</li> </ul> <br /> <div><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://bnbwebsites.s3.amazonaws.com/6664/cold_laser_therapy_for_sports_injury_20181102152523.jpg" alt="soccer player in pain" width="100%" height="NaN" align="" /></div> <h2>THE FUTURE OF COLD LASER THERAPY</h2> <p>Cold laser therapy has become so versatile in its use that it is now believed to have the potential of solving many major health problems in the future. These include traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson&rsquo;s disease. Researchers are still pursuing studies to reach this potential.</p> <br /> <h2>IS COLD LASER THERAPY SAFE?</h2> <p>Cold laser therapy is becoming popular in medical practice, and it is typically used as a complementary or alternative therapy. It&rsquo;s approved by the U.S. FDA and is considered safe when performed by a doctor or a qualified practitioner. You will not feel pain at all and CLT does not require any preparation or medication.</p> <p>However, it is not safe on cancerous lesions or carcinomas. If used at home, it should be avoided on the eyes and thyroid. Pregnant women are also to avoid this type of treatment because its effects on unborn children are not known.</p> <p>The time required to gauge the effectiveness of the cold therapy treatment is usually more than a month. Time is a major drawback for the treatment. Each therapy session takes about a few minutes, and it takes about a month of four treatments per week to determine how effective the treatment is. The worst part is that most insurances do not cover the treatment.</p> <br /> <h2>USING COLD LASER THERAPY AT HOME</h2> <p>There are cold laser therapy devices that are available for home use. However, you need to put a lot of important things into consideration.</p> <p>Know that lasers vary on output, and some may not have the output they claim. There are a few that are non-laser LEDs (light-emitting diodes). The products on the market are usually products that make bold claims about what they can hardly do.</p> <br /><br /> <p>Cold laser therapy is becoming more and more popular each day, and a lot of research is ongoing to make it better. It can serve as a good alternative to those that want to avoid invasive treatments. For those who have an interest in cold laser therapy, speaking with a doctor or any medical professional is the best option to find out if it is right for you.</p> </div>