Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the breathing of pure oxygen in a pressurized tube. It is a medical treatment which uses high atmospheric pressure with the help of special equipment - a pressure chamber. Such a high pressure allows the body to absorb a higher concentration of oxygen - 100%.
In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to 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.
Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. Also, an increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.
Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment:
- Anemia, severe
- Brain abscess
- Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Decompression sickness
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crushing injury
- Deafness, sudden
- Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
- Nonhealing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
- Radiation injury
- Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death
- Vision loss, sudden and painless
Also, when HBOT is used with combination with other treatments, it can effectively treat or improve the following conditions:
AIDS/HIV, Allergies, Alzheimer's disease, Arthritis, Asthma, Autism, Bell's palsy, Brain injury, Cancer, Cerebral palsy, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Cirrhosis, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Gastrointestinal ulcers, Heart disease, Heatstroke, Hepatitis, Migraine, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Spinal cord injury, Sports injury and Stroke