Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is becoming an increasingly popular therapeutic treatment option for a wide range of symptoms and conditions. If you’re interested in HBOT in Denver, we’re here to help.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a safe and effective method of delivering increased oxygen to the body at the cellular level in a pressurized room or chamber. The combination of pressure and oxygen allows the body to begin to heal on its own. HBOT involves breathing normally in a highly pressurized chamber where the lungs are able to take in much more oxygen than would be possible at normal air pressure. This increases the flow of oxygenated blood throughout the body and helps:
- Reduce swelling and inflammation
- Improve blood flow and circulation
- Promote the natural healing and detoxification of diseased tissues
We use hyperbaric treatment to help athletes quickly recover from soreness or fatigue to increase their sports performance, to help our concussion and brain injury patients recover faster, and to improve overall health and wellness.
How does HBOT work?
Concentrated oxygen at a pressure of 1.3 ATA causes an increase in oxygen delivery to injured or hypoxic tissues at a level 400% deeper than our normal blood supply can penetrate. Essentially, HBOT utilizes the properties of liquids and gases under pressure (Henry’s Law), which causes oxygen (a gas) to become dissolved into fluids such as plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, and synovial fluid. This then creates a systemic saturation of oxygen in the brain, nervous system, muscles, joints, tissues, and organs, thus penetrating difficult to reach regions in an effort to promote healing.
HBOT + Brain and Sports Injuries
Much like exterior wounds that won’t heal, your brain can also be incredibly slow to recover from a traumatic injury, such as a concussion. Your joints and soft tissue can also suffer from this same extended healing process. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can streamline the recovery process by increasing oxygen in the bloodstream to promote the body’s innate ability to heal. For some conditions, HBOT alone can restore the body to ideal function. For other conditions, your hyperbaric oxygen therapy should be applied in conjunction with other treatments to provide the best results.
HBOT has been proven beneficial for not only athletic performance but also a wide range of diseases. These include stroke, Autism Spectrum Disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also can help individuals recovering from any type of surgery (plastic, reconstructive, etc.) as it facilitates wound healing.
HBOT + Autoimmune Diseases
Most illnesses are caused by microbial organisms. Our cells can become toxic due to high levels of environmental pollutants and the preservatives in our foods. When cells become congested with toxins, they don’t allow for sufficient oxygen to enter the cell, and the cell becomes predisposed to disease.
HBOT increases the strength of the cell and forces oxygen into the cell to aid in the detoxifying process. Our cells love and need oxygen to survive and thrive! Fortunately, bacteria, fungi, microbes, and viruses cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment.
Here are some of the many ways hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes healing:
- Decreases inflammation
- Forces oxygen 400% deeper into bodily tissues
- Saturates plasma with oxygen and promotes healing of all tissue within the body
- Increases white blood cell formation
- Increases stem cell production and their transfer to the central nervous system
- Antimicrobial effect
- Promotes angiogenesis
- Increases blood flow
- Upregulation of key antioxidant enzymes and decreases oxidative stress
- Decreases harmful bacteria/yeast found systemically in the gut
- Decreases viral load found systemically
- Increased production of serotonin
- Promotes overall detoxification of cells
- And helps rid the body of mercury and other heavy metals