Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) most commonly refers to the delivery of increased levels of oxygen at greater than ambient pressure for a prescribed duration of usually 60 to 90 minutes. Combining HBOT with other therapies will enhance the effect of those treatments.
A typical treatment will raise oxygen levels in plasma eight to twelve times normal (800 percent to 1,200 percent). Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body solely by red blood cells. When a person undergoes hyperbaric oxygen therapy, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph nodes, and the bones. Oxygen can also be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria. Swelling is reduced and new blood vessels are grown more rapidly.
No one has found a substitute for oxygen in the human physiological processes, and any injury caused by a lack of oxygen can be expected to benefit from HBOT with the right oxygen dosage. Saturating with oxygen is a safe procedure when all of the correct protocols are followed, and side effects are extremely rare.
Based on various research studies, hyperbaric oxygen therapy showed improvement in patients with the following conditions.