The chambers are typically made of clear plastic or steel so that the patient can see out. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used for over 100 years to help a variety of conditions, including:
- Crush Injury
- Decompression illness
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- And more!
HOW DOES HBOT WORK?
HBOT works by delivering pure oxygen to the body by focusing on the pathways of oxygen delivery. The high concentration of oxygen in the chamber helps to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. The air pressure of the chamber is higher than normal atmospheric pressure, which helps to push the oxygen into the tissues.
This is because the higher air pressure allows for the oxygen to be absorbed by the lungs more easily. This increase in oxygen helps to promote healing by reducing inflammation and pain. By having a high concentration of oxygen available, the body can heal more quickly and effectively. This extra oxygen can then be used by the body to repair tissue, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
Hyperoxia is a condition in which there is an increase in the amount of oxygen in the body. This can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Exposure to high altitudes
- Breathing pure oxygen
- And more!
Hyperoxia can have a number of effects on the body, both positive and negative. You usually experience negative effects when the body is unable to get rid of the excess oxygen. This usually occurs after exposure to high altitudes or after breathing pure oxygen for an extended period of time. Since an HBOT session is only for a short period of time, the body is generally able to get rid of the extra oxygen without any problems.
In a HBOT, you can experience the benefits of hyperoxia, such as:
Repair of peripheral neuronal fibers:
The high concentration of oxygen in the blood can help to repair damaged peripheral neuronal fibers.
Increased collateral blood flow:
The extra oxygen in the blood can help to increase collateral blood flow. This helps to carry nutrients and oxygen to areas that may be deprived.
Stimulation of angiogenesis:
The extra oxygen can help to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. This is important for healing wounds and injuries.
The high concentration of oxygen can help to kill bacteria. This is important for preventing infection.
Regulation of oxidative stress and the inflammatory response:
The high concentration of oxygen can help to regulate oxidative stress and the inflammatory response. This helps to reduce pain and promote healing.
HBOT is a non-invasive, painless treatment. The treatments are short, typically lasting only an hour. There is no downtime required after a treatment. This makes HBOT an attractive option for many people searching for more natural methods of treatment. At the Institute for Human Optimization, we offer HBOT as a compliment to our patients. We believe that HBOT can be a helpful tool in the journey to optimal health. If you think that HBOT could be right for you, contact us today!