What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process. This is achieved by the inhalation of oxygen enhanced air in a chamber where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments, usually as a part of an overall care plan.

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How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to effectively treat a variety of medical conditions in a pain-free manner with little to no side effects.

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen is normally 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. This enables oxygen to be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked.  HBOT allows extra oxygen to reach all of the damaged tissues and enables the body to 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. HBOT is a effective, non-invasive and painless treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy FAQs

Yes. HBOT has minimal side effects and our doctors will closely monitor you throughout the treatment.

No. You may feel a plugging in your ears from the pressurization of the chamber, similar to what you may experience when you are in an airplane or diving to the bottom of a swimming pool.

You’ll relax in a transparent, atmosphere-controlled chamber that allows freedom of movement. You may listen to music, watch TV, take a nap or converse with staff during therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments typically last 60 to 90 minutes and are administered one to two times per day, five days a week.

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