What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment for a number of often serious conditions that involves breathing 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The pressurization allows for greater oxygen absorption in the body and hyperoxygenates the blood plasma in ways other treatments cannot. As your blood carries the oxygen throughout your body, it helps fight bacteria and stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.
HBOT has been used successfully in medical settings for treating decompression sickness, serious infections, and wounds that haven’t healed. It also helps improve recovery for a wide range of conditions, from athletic injuries and Lyme disease to diabetic wounds and head trauma.
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How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Improves System Function
In the short term - Oxygenates blood plasma, providing oxygen to compromised tissue, reducing swelling and inflammation.
In the long term - Growth of new blood vessels, enhancing circulation
Enhances stimulation of the production of collagen - a tough, fibrous material that mends fractured bones.
Promotes the regeneration of new, healthier, and stronger bones.
Reduces GI stress
Better nutrient absorption
Quicker nervous synapses
Repairs damage from brain injury and illness
Helps sharpness and mental clarity
Helps supports and protects the reproductive organs for women and men
Facilitating a proper environment for fertilization
Thickens the uterine lining and Improved circulation
Increases sperm production and sperm cell energy
Enhances tissue performance
Reduces inflammation and pain
Increases cellular energy
Increases collagen production for speedy tissue repair
Supports proper function or hormones, important for diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Promotes the function of hormones like insulin : increases insulin sensitivity allowing for proper blood sugar utilization.
Why is more oxygen better for me?
Immune system stimulation
Enhanced tissue oxygenation
Cell growth and regeneration
Muscle fatigue relief
What does this mean for me?
Rapid recovery and healing
Blood Flow in Healthy Blood Vessels
Oxygen molecules from the lungs bind to red blood cells (RBCs).
RBCs travel in plasma freely in blood vessels throughout the body.
Oxygen molecules are released and dissolve into surrounding tissues.
Restricted Blood Flow
When healthy blood flow is restricted by illness, injury, or surgical recovery oxygen has a difficult time getting to oxygen dependent tissue.
Even in restricted areas blood plasma can flow through where RBCs cannot because of size.
When the body is put under hyperbaric pressure, oxygen molecules diffuse into the blood plasma.
Oxygenated blood plasma is able to circulate past the restriction and into oxygen starved tissues.
Prolonged treatment with HBOT has been shown to help grow new blood vessels, further increasing the amount of oxygen saturation in the area.
FDA Recognized Conditions for HBOT
While there are a number of FDA recognized diagnoses and “on-label” conditions treatable with HBOT*, research also supports using HBOT for “off-label” conditions.
FDA recognized or “on-lable” conditions include:
Research supported “off-label” conditions:
Athletic injuries and performance
Attention deficit disorder
Brain and head injuries
Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
Pervasive development disorders
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Spinal cord injury
Stem Cell and HBOT Combination Therapy
Stem Cells are undefined cells. Like an open slate or blank canvas, stem cells can become any specialized cell in the body, helping to repair damage.
Research has shown that HBOT heightens the synthesis of nitric oxide, which in turn results in the release of stem cells.
A study revealed that after 20 combination treatments (of HBOT and stem cell therapy), stem cell concentration increased eight fold.
Combining HBOT and stem cell therapy, can greatly increase the healing.
Soft Shell mild HBOT chamber:
1.3 ATA = 10 foot dive
The pressure of the mHBOT chamber allows your body to absorb more oxygen than you would regularly.
This increased flow of oxygen allows your body to fight infection, recover efficiently, and heal rapidly. Most of the conditions listed below have seen substantial success in soft shell mHBOT chambers.
Hard Shell regular HBOT chamber:
1.5 - 3.0 ATA = 16 - 66 foot dive
A larger hard shell regular HBOT chamber creates a deeper and higher pressure dive.
Some conditions, including cranial trauma, severe chronic pain, and nervous system disfunction benefit from a higher pressure chamber which allows oxygen to cross the blood-brain barrier and permeate deeper into tissues.
Research Showing The “Off-Label” Benefits of HBOT:
Facial nerve regeneration
Autism in children
Inflammatory bowel disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome
HBOT has been reported to have beneficial effects for a wide range of conditions, without negative side effects. Nevertheless, as with many treatments, there are contraindications, including: acute asthmatic attack; high fever; seizure disorder; optic neuritis; pneumothorax; COPD; emphysema; ear infection or blocked ear canals; sinus or upper respiratory infection; pneurysm; glaucoma; pregnancy; severe heart or lung disease; congenital spherocystosis; or clients currently taking Cisplatinum, Disulphiram, or Doxorubicin medications.
Holistic Hyperbarics does not claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. While hyperbaric oxygen therapy may enhance healing, it does not replace a health professional’s prescribed medications or recommended treatments.