A Hyperbaric Chamber is an enclosure in which the user breathes in oxygen at levels above normal atmospheric pressure. Therefore, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen while in the chamber. As the pressure increases in the chamber, you may feel your ears plug, similar to when you’re in an airplane or the mountains. Swallowing or chewing gum will help with any discomfort.
The increased air pressure in the chamber helps the lungs collect more oxygen. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore body functions. The additional pressure directly infuses oxygen into bodily fluids. This includes plasma, lymphatic fluid, spinal fluid, and interstitial spaces and tissues.
The Two Components to Hyperbaric Oxygen
There are two components to hyperbaric oxygen: increased oxygen concentration and increased air pressure.
Oxygen is delivered to the hyperbaric chamber from an attached oxygen concentrator.
Most hyperbaric chambers are pressurized with ambient air, or the air that surrounds you.
Our body’s tissues need oxygen to function. The air we breathe is 21% oxygen. At The ChiroSpa, our designed for comfort, Newtowne Class 4 Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, delivers 96-97% pure oxygen. Just relax and let the therapeutic power of the hyperbaric chamber work on you.
How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
Typically, oxygen is carried throughout the body by red blood cells. Overall, only a comparatively small amount reaches the plasma portion of the blood. This greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and stimulates new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.
The Hyperbaric Chamber is Approved in The Treatment of:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Cyanide poisoning
- Crush injuries
- Gas gangrene (a form of gangrene in which gas collects in tissues)
- Decompression sickness
- Acute or traumatic reduced blood flow in the arteries
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Infection in the bone (osteomyelitis) that doesn’t respond to other treatments
- Delayed radiation injury
- Chronic infection called actinomycosis
- Diabetic wounds that aren’t healing properly
What Other Conditions Can the Hyperbaric Chamber Treat?
Below are some of the most common conditions and injuries treated with oxygen therapy.
- Cerebral Palsy
- Drowning and Anoxic Brain Injury
- Migraine Headache
- Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Plastic-Cosmetic Surgery
- Recovery from Surgery
- Sports Injuries and Sports Performance/Recovery
- Traumatic Brain Injury and many more
Clinical trials show a 38% increase in telomere length and 37% fewer senescent immune cells in healthy older adults *sciencedaily.com
Schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable staff, who will ensure that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is right for you.