Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - HBOT

What Is HBOT?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT consists of breathing 100% pure oxygen while inside a pressurized therapy chamber.  The chamber's air pressure is three times higher than normal and can increase oxygen levels in your body up to ten times.

Although HBOT is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving, other conditions such as serious infections and wounds that won't heal because of diabetes or radiation injury, benefit from this treatment.

Four factors determine the efficiency of oxygen therapy: duration, pressure, gas mixture and frequency.  To benefit from HBOT, you'll likely need several sessions.  The number of sessions depends on your health and medical condition.

How Does It Work?     

HBOT involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber.  The air pressure in the chamber is increased to 4 PSI or three times higher than normal air pressure.  Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.  This increased pressure, combined with an increase in oxygen to 100%, dissolves oxygen in the blood plasma, all body cells, tissues and fluids up to ten times normal concentration.

Your blood carries the pure oxygen throughout your body.  This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing, anti-aging and keeps threatened tissue alive so it can heal.  

How Should I Prepare? 

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and socks.
  • No shoes, bare feet, lotions, perfume or hair spray are allowed in the chamber.
  • Do not smoke, consume alcohol or carbonated drinks the day of your treatment as it will interfere with the body's ability to transport oxygen.
  • Review your list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs you are taking with the Doctor.  Some medications can change your body's response to oxygen therapy.

Do Not use the chamber if you are not feeling well: cold and flu symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, headache, diarrhea or general body aches will require a temporary delay in your treatment schedule.

Benefits of HBOT

Some of the many benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are:

  • Increases oxygen levels in tissue (Hyperoxia)
  • Enhances the growth of new blood vessels (Angiogenesis)
  • Significantly reduces swelling and edema
  • Significantly shortens the inflammatory process
  • Improves range of motion
  • Increases the production of collagen
  • Increases growth of cells that form reparative tissue (Fibroblastic proliferation)
  • Increases white blood cell production
  • Helps prevent infection and destroys harmful bacteria (Antimicrobial effect)
  • Supports scar tissue rehabilitation
  • Promotes greater tissue strength
  • Stimulates new capillary growth
  • Improves the survival of tissues in the 'grey area' of crush injuries
  • Increases production and improves the action of Osteoblasts and Osteoclasts
  • Improves bone regeneration for faster recovery
  • Increases oxygen perfusion area around wounds
  • Enhances ability of white blood cells to remove bacteria and debris
  • Potentiates the use of antibiotics
  • Reduces surgery complications for smokers

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