rTPM & Oxygen Therapy
–> // According to the physiological oxygen dissociation curve …
“…in a standard breathable air context, the hemoglobin content is already saturated up to 95-99% (in the elderly population this amount lowers). This only determines a marginal increase of oxygen content by means of an extra inhalation (with the exception of older people). In particular, there is no correlated evidence that the oxygen level during the short period post-inhalation would go back to the baseline values.”
–> // Regardless of the possibly-occurring ...
... biological effect of oxygen transit carried by hemoglobin in its physical dissolved form, during the inhalation phase an increase of the physically-dissolved oxygen content (1.5%) already takes place. This plays a crucial role in the oxygen therapy.
Simultaneously, the vascular endothelium produces nitrous oxide that makes the vascular muscles relax and that physically reduces the oxygen level in the immediate capillaries due to an increased endothelial turgor. In order to accelerate the tissue blood circulation by physical exertion, it is not only necessary to increase the current SpO2 through oxygen supply, but also to activate the microcirculation mechanisms.
–> // The rTPM causes a passive contraction of ...
... the major muscular groups (e.g. the gluteal and thigh’s muscles), as well as of the pelvic floor and lower back muscles, such that a remarkable enhancement of the capillary circulation takes place in these areas (picture endothelium). This reduces the endothelial swelling in the veins of the legs, determining a training effect that lasts for several days.
rTPM & Light Therapy
Light therapy has been used successfully for over twenty years to improve mood and as treatment for depression.
–> // According to reliable studies, it has additional applications in the field of Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD); episodes of depression and sleep disorders. In relation to SAD, the aforementioned therapy is also used in treatment of increased sleeping requirements and unrestrained cravings for sweets.
Sufferers of Major Depressive Disorder also appear to benefit from light adjuvant therapy.
Although depression does not necessarily come with aging, the increased frequency of depressive episodes is a result of physical distress, diseases and disabilities (among which include incontinence).
For this reason, it comes as no surprise that episodes of depression significantly prevail among residents of elderly homes and care centers when compared to similarly-aged people who are not living in such institutions. It is from this that we believe it is important to implement an anti-depressant light therapy side-by-side with treating incontinence through rTPM.