Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment where a patient is placed in a pressurized chamber for 80 – 120 minutes depending on the patients’ condition and the proper treatment protocol. In the chamber the patient will be exposed to 100% pure oxygen, which is 5 times higher than normal room air. In order for your body tissue to function effectively, the tissue needs oxygen. HBOT benefits the body by temporarily increasing the amount of oxygen in your tissues and cells to speed up the healing process and help your body fight against infection.
Raising Oxygen Levels
The higher the level of oxygen in your body, the greater the chance your body has to heal. By breathing 100% oxygen under pressure, a higher level of oxygen is easily absorbed into the blood tissue itself.
Promoting Blood Vessel Growth
Damage to your body tissue will cause damage to the supporting blood vessels. However, in order for the tissue to heal, oxygen and other nutrients in your blood need to pass through these vessels to reach the affected tissue. Studies have shown that hyperbaric medicine can increase the quantity and size of blood vessels in damaged tissue, which can aid the healing process.
Aids in Fighting Infections
When the body is saturated with oxygen, bacteria is not able to thrive and cause an infection. Hyperbaric treatment is able to kill off anaerobic bacterium and boosts the ability of white blood cells which aid in removing bacterium from your system.
Removal of Air or Gas Embolisms
There are times when air bubbles accidentally enter your arteries or veins. These bubbles can result in serious damage to your vital organs which can be fatal if left untreated. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment is able to decrease the size of the bubbles due to the increased atmospheric pressure found inside the hyperbaric chamber.
Increased Oxygen to the Brain
Due to the increase of oxygen in the blood, hyperbaric medicine has been shown to improve angiogenesis and neurogenesis in the brain. This means that the brain is receiving more oxygen which helps with blood cell formation and nerve growth. Patients who have struggled with traumatic head injuries, strokes or even certain kinds of brain conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s have been able to see visible improvements in their condition as well as in their overall quality of life.
Increased Bone Growth
This process is also known as osteogenesis, hyperbaric medicine is able to increase the production of collagen. Collagen makes up approximately 90% of the matrix proteins and aids in the formation of bone and cartilage.
Reduction in Swelling
HBOT could be beneficial for patients that have significant swelling in their tissue, due to a decrease in circulation, infection, trauma or even cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy which can cause inflammation in the body. By utilizing hyperbaric medicine as an adjunct therapy to traditional treatments, patients are able to reduce the inflammation at a significantly faster rate.
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy has been shown to aid in the recovery of a variety of medical conditions when utilized in conjunction with other traditional medical treatments. At RegenQuest we provide each patient with a customized HBOT care plan that is specifically designed to enhance the healing process and ensure that the patient benefits from the treatments.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation for HBOT Treatment to find out the steps going forward to have yourself or a loved one treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Don’t hesitate to contact us at +1 (954) 571-9392