What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that involves breathing in pure oxygen in a pressurized space. During a therapy session, the amount of oxygen in an individual’s bloodstream increases significantly. When this happens, oxygen molecules are rapidly delivered and absorbed into plasma, tissue, and major organs throughout the body.
As the oxygen reaches your damaged tissues, it stimulates the release of new stem cells so the body can begin regenerating itself. In doing so, HBOT can aid in the treatment of wounds and other physical conditions that otherwise can’t heal due to poor circulation.
What can HBOT help treat?
HBOT can help treat a wide variety of symptoms and conditions. The FDA has approved hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for 13 conditions, but there is significant research suggesting it’s successful in treating many more.
The FDA has approved hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the following conditions:
- Acute traumatic ischemia
- Air or gas embolism
- Anemia resulting from severe blood loss
- Arterial insufficiency, or low blood flow in the arteries
- Burns from heat and fire
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Decompression illness or “the bends”
- Gas gangrene
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Osteomyelitis, a type of bone marrow infection
- Radiation injury, including that from cancer treatment
- Skin grafts
- Some brain and sinus infections
Additionally, a doctor may suggest HBOT to help treat serious infections and wounds, arthritis, stroke, crush injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, athletic injuries, ASD, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing 100%, pure oxygen while inside of a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized higher than sea level. In fact, inside the chamber, the ambient pressure is three times higher than that of the air we normally breathe, which is only 21% oxygen.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the abundance of oxygen results in increased O2 molecule absorption deep within the body’s tissues. As the body absorbs more oxygen, it reaches places that were previously experiencing poor or blocked circulation. With newfound access to oxygen-rich blood, the body can begin to naturally heal itself.
The number of sessions you’ll need greatly depends on your symptoms or condition. During your session, you’ll lay in a chamber that looks similar to an MRI machine. The chamber will seal itself and begin filling with oxygen. You’ll continue to breathe as you normally would throughout the entirety of the treatment, which usually lasts an hour.
Where to find Denver hyperbaric oxygen therapy services
If you’re interested in learning more about this innovative and all-natural treatment, reach out to us at McWhorter CNR. We are a leading Denver hyperbaric oxygen therapy provider offering top-of-the-line treatments at an affordable price. Contact us today to learn more about our hyperbaric oxygen therapy packages.