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Our Oxygen Therapy

About Oxygen Therapy

We aim to provide therapies that are personalised and delivered with compassion and care to support you in enhancing your overall health and wellbeing. Our friendly and experienced staff team are always available to answer any questions you may have about Oxygen Therapy and our facilities.

What Is It?

Oxygen Therapy (also referred to as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), or Oxygen Treatment) involves breathing pure oxygen (98%) in a pressurized environment.

Oxygen Therapy is a well-established treatment for many specific medical conditions and in the management of a wide range of symptoms associated with long-term conditions.

Oxygen Therapy refers to intermittent treatment of the entire body with 98% oxygen at a greater than normal atmospheric pressure. Pressure is defined as one atmosphere absolute (1 ATA), and in the ambient atmosphere is comprised of approximately 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and 1% other gases- this is what we normally breathe.   

In our Oxygen Therapy chamber, which is known as a BAROCHAMBER, the air pressure is increased two times higher than normal atmospheric pressure (2 ATA) while breathing oxygen through a mask. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather much more oxygen than would be possible breathing oxygen at normal air pressure.

When your blood carries this extra oxygen throughout your body, this helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.

Why it's done?

Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Oxygen Therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. With repeated scheduled treatments, the temporary extra high oxygen levels encourage normal tissue oxygen levels, even after the therapy is completed. Oxygen Therapy is used to treat several medical conditions.

What can I expect?

During Oxygen Therapy the increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears, like what you might feel in an airplane or at a high elevation. You can relieve that feeling by yawning or swallowing.

For most conditions, an Oxygen Therapy session lasts approximately one and half hours. Members of our staff team will monitor you and the therapy chamber throughout your treatment.

What is the procedure?

To benefit from Oxygen Therapy, you'll likely need more than one session, and the number of sessions is dependent upon your medical condition. Oxygen Therapy is usually part of a comprehensive treatment protocol designed to fit your individual needs.

A treatment protocol refers to safe time, and dose limitations that have been established for pressurized oxygen exposure and prescribes core operation parameters such as the atmospheric pressure, treatment duration, number of sessions. These protocols are designed to you maximize the benefits, healing and/or outcomes of the therapy.  An Initial treatment protocol can vary between 10 and 40 daily and consecutive sessions, but certain conditions may require attendance more than once a day and for a varied number of total sessions. 

We provide three different pressurized environments: 1.5ata (16.5ft). 1.75ata (24ft) and 2ata (33ft).  The pressure and protocol duration will be dependent on your specific needs – condition and symptoms. You will need several sessions as set out in the recommended treatment protocol, this is necessary to achieve oxygen saturation or oxygenation. 

Oxygen Therapy is an "adjunctive treatment" for many conditions, meaning it is used in conjunction with other treatments as part of your self-care and healthcare regime.

For more detailed information please download our:
Oxygen Therapy: An Information Guide PDF Below

The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Lothian, trading as Compass, does not provide medical advice, diagnose health conditions, or prescribe treatments. We base access to, and engagement with, our Oxygen Therapy service on the self-declared information you have provided on your client registration form. Your suitability for this therapy is based on the assessment of this information along with existing evidence and protocols within the field of hyperbaric oxygen treatment. 

Download Our Oxygen Therapy Information Guide

Where capacity allows, we offer oxygen therapy to those with other long term, short-term or challenging health conditions.  Our experienced staff team is always on hand to answer any questions you may have about our Oxygen Therapy service and facilities. Our mission is to provide personalised, and compassionate care that enriches your overall health and wellbeing.

Treatment protocols are specific to a medical condition and or symptom and are approved and recognised within the field of hyperbaric medicine. A treatment protocol can range from 5 to 30 consecutive sessions (daily sessions). We will discuss this more fully with you as part of our assessment process. Please refer to our Oxygen Therapy: Information Guide. (PDF)

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"The welcome from every single member of staff and volunteers eased any anxiety that I had and their support ensured that I felt comfortable with each and every session."

I have known for many years about the good work that is provided by MSTC Lothian/Compass.

The centre has treated many people who suffer from a range of neurological conditions predominantly those with MS.

Through a family friend that used to volunteer at the centre, I first heard about the incredible work that is undertaken there.

As a former Scotland Rugby player fellow players would often use a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help recover from soft tissue injuries.

Although I never used the chamber during my playing career, it was suggested to me that when I caught Covid - 19 in September 2021, it could help with my recovery process.

I contacted the centre and they advised me that Covid patients were using the chamber to help with their recovery.Knowing the benefits of breathing oxygen under pressure I undertook 10 x 1 hourly sessions.

I am glad to report that I made a full recovery and I am convinced of the benefits of the hyperbaric oxygen chamber.


MSTC/Compass relies on donations and people paying for treatments. I am happy to endorse their fantastic work and I would encourage you to support their work.

If you hear of anyone suffering from Long Covid or if they have a neurological condition or cancer then please tell them about MSTC Lothian/Compass.

Scott Hastings,  former Scotland Rugby International, British & Irish Lion.