Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment where you breathe air (with or without extra oxygen) in a chamber that is above atomspheric pressure (1.3 ATA). The increased pressure pushes more oxygen into the red blood cells and spinal fluid, where it is delivered to all your organs. The additional oxygen speeds the healing process and optimizes all body functions.
History of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a type of treatment used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, wounds that won’t heal and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. In essence, HBOT heals your body from the inside out.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is painless and non-invasive. A patient is exposed to increased atmospheric pressure, thus allowing greater absorption of oxygen throughout body tissues. This increased pressure allows more oxygen to reach the cells within the body by bringing oxygen rich plasma to parts of the body that need oxygen.
Hyperbaric therapy was first used in the United States in the early 1900’s. It was useful, but didn’t catch on in mainstream healthcare as a recognized treatment. In the 1940’s, the Navy used it to treat deep sea divers who had decompression sickness. Again, it wasn’t being widely recognized as a go- to treatment. When the 1960’s rolled around, President Kennedy treated his son with hyperbaric for carbon monoxide poisoning. Patients started being treated for this more regularly after this, and gave HBOT a better foothold in the medical community as being a viable treatment.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy prevents “reperfusion injury”. This refers to severe tissue damage that occurs when blood supply returns to tissues after they’ve been deprived of oxygen. When blood flow is interrupted by a crush injury, for example, several events inside the damaged cells lead to the release of harmful oxygen radicals. These molecules do irreversible damage, such as cause blood vessels to clamp up and stop blood flow. HBOT tells radicals to seek out the problem and let the healing continue!
Although mild hyperbaric therapy has been reported to be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, this treatment is not meant as a cure for any condition or disease, and no therapeutic outcomes can be guaranteed
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