Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as a part of an overall medical care plan. Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:
Increases neuronal energy metabolism in the brain
Can create sustained cognitive improvement
Wakes up sleeping (idling) brain cells that are metabolizing enough to stay alive but are not actively "firing"
Enhances the body's ability to fight bacterial and viral infections
Deactivates toxins and poisons (e.g. side effects from some chemotherapy, spider bites, air pollution, etc.)
Enhances wound healing by stimulating the growth of new capillaries into the injured area