Prior to discussing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and how it can benefit you and your health, it is important to understand oxygen. In the human body, red blood cells transport oxygen via the blood stream to power cellular energy, among other functions. Cellular energy is produced via the mitochondria, which are organelles within cells that take in molecules of nutrition along with oxygen to produce ATP (energy). Because of this relationship, a lack of oxygen can have a number of adverse effects throughout the body.
Now, what are hyperbaric chambers?
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are containers where a patient is enclosed and breathes pressurized oxygen at levels 1.3 to 3 times atmospheric pressure. The greater the pressure in the chamber, the more the body will be able to absorb oxygen per volume of compressed air, allowing patients to be treated for many conditions.
How can it benefit you?
As stated, because of the high pressure in the hyperbaric chambers, the body is able to absorb more oxygen in places where lack of adequate blood flow can impact recovery and thus healing.
An overview of benefits:
Helps patients healing from any inflammatory conditions
Increased blood flow
Stimulated blood vessel growth
New nerve growth in the brain (called neurogenesis) and improves brain function from injury or trauma (concussion)
Improves healing for all types of wounds
Improved immune system
Reduced swelling and brain abscesses
Can slow cancer growth because highly oxygenated environments are toxic to cancer cells. The increase in oxygen suppress how active cancer cells are and in some cases can lead to destruction.
When used in conjunction with radiation treatment, HBOT helps heal and regenerate blood vessels that have been damaged through radiation treatment.
Decreases decompression sickness and gas embolism
Carbon monoxide poisoning
At the Athletic Training Institute, we work with a range of individuals trying to improve performance and feel better. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a powerful tool that our clients can use to continue to improve their overall health, recover from injury, and to improve performance.
Come see how Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy can benefit you and your goals.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy