Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, is a procedure that involves providing additional oxygen to the body of a person in a pressurized environment. It is done to help the person recover and heal from various health ailments. This procedure enhances the healing process of the body.
HBOT is usually used to help people with decompression sickness, mainly associated with scuba diving. It is also used for various other health conditions like serious infections, wounds, pain and inflammation, etc.
How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
Basically, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to speed up the healing process. If you are wondering how it really works, here is your answer.
Normally, with every breath we take, we inhale around 21 percent of oxygen. But during HBOT, the patient breathes nearly 100 percent oxygen while being inside a hyperbaric chamber. The pressure is increased in this chamber, which is usually three times the pressure at which we normally breathe.
The tissues in the human body need oxygen for proper functioning. This is where HBOT helps by providing additional oxygen that helps the damaged tissues in healing.
Oxygen at high pressure improves the functioning of tissue and also provides protection from infection associated with certain conditions. Also, breathing this (almost) pure oxygen at high pressure helps in increasing the concentration of oxygen that reaches the lungs.
Advantages of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
For years, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy UK has been used to treat decompression sickness in deep-sea divers. But now, this therapy is used to treat a wide range of medical issues.
Medical research has shown that HBOT can be used to treat brain repair and help people with other health conditions, such as –
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis,
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Here are the basic advantages of HBOT.
Meet The Oxygen Deficiency (Hypoxia)
A lot of chronically ill patients suffer from hypoxia or lack of oxygen. This basically means that the cells in their bodies are not getting enough oxygen. Also, hypoxia can affect the entire body or only a particular region of the patient’s body. The main cause of hypoxia is poor circulation of blood in the body.
Cerebral hypoxia is a condition where the brain does not receive an adequate amount of oxygen. Studies show that HBOT can help in providing relief from cerebral hypoxia.
Anemia is a condition in which the red blood cells in the body are less. This lack of red blood cells can cause weakness, fatigue, and pallor. Now, the nature of anemia can be counteracted by increasing oxygen. Hence, repeated sessions of HBOT can help in increasing the distribution of oxygen in plasma and tissue and hemoglobin.
Sophisticated Skin Grafting
A healthy, oxygenated environment helps in healing skin grafts. The skin graft is basically a medical procedure that involves skin transplantation if there are severe burns or injuries. HBOT can assist in healing the wound after the transplant.