Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an effective therapeutic procedure in which patients breathe 100% oxygen within a high-pressure environment, usually between 1.5-3 times standard air pressure, which allows air to dissolve more efficiently and saturate in the blood plasma. HBOT facilitates faster recovery and healing of damaged or ill tissue and yields a wide range of cellular, biochemical, and physiological effects.
Injuries and wounds can damage your blood vessels, and in turn releasing fluids that may leak into the injured and adjacent tissues, ultimately causing swelling. This swelling deprives this damaged area of oxygen, causing affected cells to begin to die. HBOT provides damaged tissues with oxygen-rich plasma that flood them with air. With the elevated pressure inside the chamber, more oxygen is supplied into the bloodstream. As a result, it disrupts the entire cycle of swelling, deprivation of oxygen, and death of tissues.
2. Prevents Reperfusion Injuries
This refers to the severe damage to body tissues that takes place when blood supply is restored to tissues that had been deprived of oxygen. For instance, when a crash injury disrupts blood flow, a series of events take place within the injured cells which release harmful oxygen radicals into the region. The molecules can damage the nearby tissues to irreversible states like clamped-up blood vessels and no blood flow.
Fortunately, HBOT can rejuvenate your radical scavengers, encouraging them to seek out the harmful molecules and allow faster healing.
3. Disrupts The Activity Of Harmful Bacteria & Strengthens The Immune System
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can effectively disable toxins from different bacteria. The process supplies your tissues with more oxygen to accelerate most body functions, and the immune system significantly benefits from this. As a result, ailing tissues can resist infections efficiently. Moreover, this therapy substantially improves the white-blood-cell ability to identify and destroy any invaders.
4. Encourages Connective Tissue Formation As Well As New Skin Cells
Another crucial benefit of the procedure is it encourages the faster formation of new blood vessels. This, in turn, promotes the restoration of connective tissues as well as skin cells. Furthermore, it stimulates the body cells to produce a range of useful substances that kindle the endothelial growth factor.
For optimal results, patients lie inside the hyperbaric chamber for between 90-120 minutes each day. Most patients begin with 20 treatments; since treatment plans vary on a case-by-case basis, this length may be extended or shortened.
The pressure of pure oxygen inside the chamber is equivalent of a 33 to 40-foot dive below sea level. As a result, oxygen will be absorbed into your bloodstream at a rate of between 10-20 times higher than the usual. Normally, we breathe in about 21% oxygen. But inside this chamber, you will breathe approximately 200-240 percent oxygen, an amount that is enough for faster recovery.
The process has been proven to be effective in treating a number of issues such as:
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