7 Injury-Healing Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
April 21, 2022
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment of the entire body that uses highly pressurized oxygen in a controlled environment called a hyperbaric chamber. “Hyper” means increased and “baric” refers to pressure; hence, HBOT treats the body with 100% oxygen at levels roughly two to three times greater than normal atmospheric pressures to increase the amount of oxygen your blood cells can carry.
Modern HBOT has been used for more than 70 years to improve healing in tissues deprived of oxygen, where a given patient is placed in a hyperbaric chamber, breathing 100% oxygen while exposed to elevated ambient pressures. This will dissolve oxygen into the plasma (the liquid portion of blood) and into cells, tissues, and fluids up to 10 times the normal concentration.
· Neuroprotection (preservation of the nervous system)
· Oxidative Stress (to decrease inflammation)
· Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
· Enhanced Mitochondrial Function
· Combatting Apoptosis (death of cells)
· Antimicrobial Activity
What to Expect with HBOT Sessions
If you’re thinking of trying HBOT, here are some of the practical applications to consider:
The Chamber – One of the best HBOT chambers is called the Sechrist Monoplace Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber. Clinics in your area may offer a different type of chamber, but this is one I recommend. This is an example of a “monoplace” chamber, as it accommodates only one person. There are also “multiplace” chambers that fit multiple people at a time.
Length of Sessions – An HBOT session can last anywhere from a few minutes up to two hours, depending on your individual health situation and the specific goal of the treatment.
Number of Sessions – Depending on your health status, objectives, and budget, you may do a handful of sessions, or up to 30 or more over the course of weeks or months.
Finding an HBOT Location – Consult your physician before starting an HBOT regimen. He or she can then recommend a trusted therapy clinic near you.
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