Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) was discovered in 1662 but was not fully successful to treat decompression illness in divers until 1917. Over the past few decades, this treatment has been explored as a primary therapy for other medical conditions and injuries that are affecting millions of people each year.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to heal the body naturally by providing the body with extra oxygen, up to 3 times what we regularly breathe at pressures greater than normal sea level pressure. This extreme pressure allows your blood to carry more oxygen to organs and tissues in your body.
Hyperbaric oxygen has been proven to heal many people who suffer from the following conditions:
- Decompression sickness (Scuba divers cure)
- Diving Gas Embolism
- Severe carbon monoxide poisoning
- Acute traumatic ischaemic injury
- Radiation-induced injury
- Prolonged failure of wound healing
- Refractory Osteomyelitis
How Does the HBOT Chamber work?
The patient is placed in an oxygen chamber, either a mono-place chamber or multi-place chamber. A multi-place chamber can hold up to 6 patients at a time, whereas the mono-place chamber holds one person at a time.
The patient sits in the chamber for 60-90 minutes, allowing for the oxygen therapy to saturate the patient’s circulatory system with oxygen.
What happens to the body when the circulatory system is saturated with oxygen?
- It increases oxygen tension in hypoxic tissues
- Enhances the ability to kill certain bacteria
- Reduces swelling and pain
- Increases blood flow and circulation
- Increases oxygen to the body’s tissues
If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, call the office at (833) 438-1374.