What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a healing treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or chamber. Using oxygen, which is vital to wound healing, you’ll speed up the body’s healing process. It sounds almost like magic, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. It’s science!
How Does HBOT Work?
When injury or inflammation occurs in the body, there are two parts of your cells that are involved in the healing process: your mitochondria and your stem cells. The mitochondria is often referred to as the powerhouse of cells and stem cells function as the repair system for your body.
HBOT helps deliver more oxygen to your blood so your wounds can heal at faster rates than usual. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces swelling, fights infection, and promotes the growth of new stem cells—all while you breathe normally and relax in the room or chamber that is two and a half times as pressurized as normal air.
What Does HBOT Treat?
Healthcare professionals may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat the following conditions:
- Anemia, severe
- Arterial gas embolism
- Brain abscess
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crush injuries
- Deafness, sudden
- Radiation injuries
- Skin grafts that are at risk of tissue death
- Skin infections
- Wounds that won’t heal, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
- Vision loss, sudden
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also used to help manage the symptoms of autism, brain injuries, chronic pain, depression, joint pain, fibromyalgia, heart disease, heat strokes, migraines, muscle pain, neck pain, neuropathy, spinal cord injuries, sports-related injuries, surgical recovery, and stroke.
What Does a Typical Treatment Session Look Like?
Being inside of a hyperbaric chamber is not that different from laying in your own bed. The difference is that you’re inside of a glass cylinder (and you’re not actually at home). However, you will breathe as you normally would and most people actually find HBOT sessions to be very relaxing. At some treatment centers, you can also watch a TV that is placed outside of the chamber.
And during the treatment, you can rest easy knowing that an HBOT technician is always close by should you need anything.
Find a Hyperbaric Chamber in Denver Today
The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are far-reaching and it’s no wonder why it’s becoming an increasingly popular treatment option for a wide range of symptoms and conditions. If you’re on the search for a hyperbaric chamber in Denver, reach out to us at McWhorter CNR.
We’ll create a comprehensive treatment plan that supports your recovery and leads to long-term relief. Contact us today to learn more about our HBOT packages.