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What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhaling 100%oxygen in a total body chamber, while atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments to help aid and speed up the bodies own ability to heal itself faster and aid in immunity. Hundreds of studies are coming out yearly proving the momentous effects of oxygen therapy on a myriad of disease and health issues.
Basically put, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is breathing 100% pure oxygen in a chamber that is moderately pressurized to 1.5-2 times normal, for an hour or more per treatment. Oxygen Therapy has been used around the world for over 50 years in the prevention and improvement of debilitating conditions aswell as to enhance overall health and wellness.
How Can Breathing More Oxygen Help Me?
The moderately increased pressure will dramatically increase the amount of oxygen that will be safely delivered to all tissues in the body, even to places that have naturally restricted blood flow (ie: white tissues like tendons, ligaments, cartilage, nerves and so on. Ever wonder why more people suffer from arthritis than chronic and debilitating muscular inflammatory conditions? It’s got to do with oxygen and blood flow. Muscles get a LOT of blood flow unless you get a knot. then blood flow is restricted which then causes pain), lower than normal flow or even blockages.
The air that we breath usually provides enough oxygen for both normal body metabolism and repair of tissue damage after injury or illness. However, tissue damage or disease also involves the blood vessels within the tissue and this may reduce blood flow as due to the oxygen delivery mechanism being compromised. So just when more blood is needed, the supply is reduced and recovery is then prevented.
By increasing the concentration of the oxygen in the blood AND forcing oxygen diffusion into the plasma that surrounds the blood cells, more oxygen can be delivered to damaged tissue to establish normal oxygen values and allow recovery to finally take place.
In a myriad of documented cases, HBOT has produced remarkable and miraculous benefits for a wide variety of serious medical conditions. HBOT has been clinically proven to produce a more efficient immune system, a more rapid regeneration of cells, and is proven to work as a potent anti-aging therapy. Simply put, significantly increasing the delivery of oxygen to all tissues throughout one’s body results in improved health and vitality.
Breathing pressurized oxygen allows every fluid in your body, including the fluid in your tissues, blood, lymph fluid and even your cerebrospinal fluid (surrounding your spine and brain) to beter absorb the life giving gass which dissolves in the the same way CO2 dissolves in liquid when making soda water.
Once these fluids are “supercharged” with oxygen, there is an increased oxygen supply to all of your systems and organs.
Is this Therapy Proven or Is it Experimental? Our Family’s Story
On November 2nd, 2016, my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer with some questionable “polyps” in his lungs. I was 21 weeks pregnant at the time. We spent almost a year enduring chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries as well as welcoming a new soul into the world. In September 2017, we found out that his diagnosis was actually stage 4 and although nothing new had grown or metastasized from his original diagnosis, he was still high risk and his odds at beating this were not high according to conventional medicine and statistics.
After Tristin’s stage 4 diagnosis I spends hours, days and weeks pouring over dense research, talking to medical online communities and combing through medical conference information where doctors present the latest in the research in the medical world. If we were to make sure Tristin conquered cancer indefinitely we had to bring out some pretty hefty guns. No gimmicky stuff. No pseudo science. We needed MORE. We needed real medicine backed by scientific data. I wanted to arm ourselves with flame throwers against cancer and anything like it.
We needed a hyperbaric treatments and yet none of Tristin’s doctors were willing to prescribe him treatments at the hospital. None thought HBOT would be of any help because it didn’t fit typical PRIMARY therapy protocol (which I will soon explain) even though the research proves it’s immense benefit. So I spent the next 4 months finding a way to buy a hyperbaric chamber so we could advocate for his health and wellness because hyperbaric oxygen therapy was the exact guns we needed to ensure we won this war against cancer, inflammation and immune system dysfunction.
HBO is an approved, indicated therapy in a large and increasing number of recognized conditions. It is, however, important to differentiate between HBO as a primary and adjunctive therapy.
In today’s medical world, HBO is accepted as the PRIMARY therapy in these conditions only: Decompression Illness, Gas Embolism, and Acute Anoxia, as for example in carbon monoxide poisoning. In other conditions, it does not replace existing forms of treatment but is an adjunctive therapy.
One of the more widespread adjunctive clinical applications for HBO is that of wound healing. Most wounds heal with limited additional care so HBO isn’t needed for all wounds, however, every wound-care center either currently uses HBOT or wishes they did.
“Adjunctive care” refers to the use of HBOT in addition to other primary treatment options. As an example; antibiotics for infection and the HBO for infections which have failed to respond to the normal management techniques.
Medically, What Does it Do?
There are 6 primary things HBOT will do.
- HBO is a vaso-constrictor, it therefore reduces edema. Reduction is swelling and inflamation often occurs after the very furst treatment.
- HBOT promotes neovascularization. When oxygen levels are increased, fibroblasts divide producing more collagen and new capillaries.
- HBO enhances the killing power and activity of white blood cells (leukocytes) and activates the immune system.
- HBO kills anaerobic bacteria. HBOT is effective in fighting many infections. Is is bacterostatic (inhibits the growth or reproduction of bacteria) against anaerobes and stops exo-toxin production.
- HBO more rapidly heals vaso-deficient, poorly perfused tissue. The tissue that heals the slowest is that which has the least blood supply such as the “white tissue” in the body. Tendons, ligaments, meniscus in the joints, spinal discs, bones and even brain tissue are all capillary deficient and each exhibit more rapid repair when benefited by HBOT.
- HBO regenerates damaged nervous system cells. HBOT neutralizes the toxic cellular by-products and can return damaged neurons to prior activity.
Not all doctors will recommend Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy but not because it isn’t beneficial. They simply have no training or knowledge of the documented results in treating serious problems such as strokes, heart attacks, infections, burns, difficult wounds that won’t heal, diabetes, toxins and poisoning, Multiple Sclerosis and AIDS, lessening the damage done from chemo and radiation therapy, to just name a few. And…the list keeps growing as the benefits become apparent. In fact, any disease that is sschemid (lack of tissue oxygen) in nature, or has concurring edema (tissue or nerve swelling) will see a benefit from HBOT.
What are Treatments Like?
HBOT sessions are safe, simple non-invasive and painless treatment which most patients find pleasurable and relaxing. It is conducted in a comfortable, purpose-built chamber. Treatments typically leave one with a sweet lingering sense of well-being. Pressurization is gradual and relaxed, allowing plenty of time to equalize your ears. The chamber environment is warm, cozy, and equipped with blankets and pillows. Most people have wonderful naps, listen to books on audio, music or take a book to read. There is a TV with audio connected to the chamber to watch shows if you prefer.
How Often Will I Be Having Treatments?
This depends entirely on your condition and what your doctor feels appropriate. It also depends on your health goals as many people get treatment for general health, wellness and anti-aging purposes.
The sessions last just over an hour to an hour and a half (depending on what we are treating) and can be repeated daily five days a week for up to 40 sessions. Some protocols require only weekly visits. Again, this all depends on your health goals and conditions we are treating to heal.
Are There Any Side Effects From HBOT?
This therapy is extremely safe. There is no downside to HBOT. There are no negative side effects that can damage your health. You will experience a pressure change in your ears as a result of the changing pressure that is identical to the experience of flying in airplanes. The change in pressure may cause some ear or sinus discomfort, however with the operator’s instruction, this is easily avoidable.
Note that HBOT has been used for other than diving ailments for more than 40 years. In 2009, within the United Kingdom 63,489 MS treatments were completed without a single serious problem!