WHAT IS HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a mode of medical treatment that
allows a patient to breathe 100% oxygen while sitting comfortably in a
chamber at pressures greater than normal atmospheric (sea level).
The air we breathe is 21% oxygen, 79% nitrogen and minor amounts of
other gases. Our bodies are usually able to heal themselves with a
normal oxygen level, but in certain conditions extra oxygen is required.
During hyperbaric (“hyper” means increased and “baric” relates to
pressure) therapy, the pressure is increased to 2 - 3 times that of
sea-level and you breathe 100% oxygen. The breathing of pure oxygen
under pressure causes a much larger (10-15 times normal) amount of
oxygen to be dissolved in the blood and, subsequently, the rest of the
body. The extra oxygen is used by the body in many ways. Depending on
the underlying problem, the actions can include improved wound healing
by reduction of swelling, infection control and the stimulation of new
blood vessel growth. The increase of oxygen in the blood allows for
medical conditions such as non-healing diabetic wounds to heal when they
otherwise would not.
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What are the effects of increased oxygen?
-is crucial in killing different bacteria.
-helps the immune system and antibiotics work better.
-eliminates harmful toxins produced by
bacteria and the environment.
-promotes the growth of new tissue and blood
The combination of oxygen and increased chamber pressure reduces leg
swelling, which is crucial for healing.