Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is 100% oxygen delivered at increased atmospheric pressure and is a unique method of treating a variety of ailments and disorders ranging from post-surgical tissue trauma to infections and Autism. While it is often used as the primary treatment for some disorders, the method is often employed in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medicines, anti-bacterials, and surgery depending on the patient’s reason for treatment. The basic concept behind HBOT is that body functions (in this case, specifically healing functions) rely heavily on access to oxygen.
Frequently Asked Questions About HBOT
How does HBOT work?
To perform this therapy, the patient lays in a pressurized chamber filled with 100% pure medical grade oxygen. The pressure allows for the increased delivery of oxygen to body tissues, which promotes healing. Such super saturation is what provides results.
What are the benefits of HBOT?
Depending on the patient’s reason for treatment, a patient can see the following benefits:
- Reduces local swelling
- Reduces bruising
- Diminishes pain
- Shortens recovery time
- Activates white blood cells to fight infection
- Helps the formation of new blood vessels
- Increases collagen production
- Helps eliminate toxins
- Increases oxygen to all tissues including the brain
Who can benefit from HBOT?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treats a wide range of patients:
- Surgery patients: HBOT is particularly helpful for such patients who are smokers, former smokers, overweight, immune suppressed, or who have a tendency to scar.
- Patients with site infections
- People with Autism
- People with ADD/ADHD
- People with (Dementia) due to vascular disease
What does HBOT feel like and are there any side effects?
Treatments are typically painless. You simply lay in the chamber, and you may feel that sense of pressure in your ears similar to the pressure often felt on airplanes. There are generally no side effects, though some patients feel lightheaded for just a few minutes following a treatment. In addition, some patients notice a “crackling” in their ears post treatment, for which you can clear your ears in the same way you clear year ears when there is a pressure change on an airplane.
What kind of treatment plan will I need?
Depending on the patient’s reason for treatment, the duration of treatment plans vary. Commonly, 4-5 sessions per week are recommended, but 3 are sufficient, with each session being 1 hour long.
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