What is a Hyperbaric Chamber?
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 of Hyperbaric Oxygen
There are two components to hyperbaric oxygen: increased oxygen concentration and increased air pressure.