Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the many treatments NeuraPerformance Brain Center in Denver offers its patients. Many people benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which involves breathing pure oxygen in a room or tube where the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Our patients spend around an hour in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber and you are welcome to read or listen to music during your session. Some patients end up taking a much needed nap!
While your injury might look healed from the outside, many injuries and illnesses stay at the cellular level or deep within our tissues. Oxygen has a hard time reaching these damaged areas, which means the body takes longer to heal or has difficulty functioning.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a natural way of providing the extra oxygen your body needs to heal quickly and effectively. The benefits of spending time in a hyperbaric chamber affect every area of your mind and body, but today we’re going to discuss a few of the largest benefits.
Normally, the oxygen that moves through our bodies is carried only by red blood cells. When you breathe 100% oxygen, though, the oxygen dissolves into all of the body’s fluids, including plasma, the central nervous system, lymph nodes, and even the fluid in your bones. It’s like your whole body — and every damaged tissue inside it — is flooded with healing relief and your cells are revitalized!
The air we breathe normally is 21% oxygen, which is captured in our red blood cells and carried throughout the body. When you breathe the pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber, your blood stream is flooded with oxygen and your body delivers your now oxygen-rich blood throughout the brain and body. Blood flow and circulation are vital to a healthy body, and time in a hyperbaric chamber promotes brain and body health, resulting in greater focus and energy.
Increase in pressure within the hyperbaric chamber reduces swelling and inflammation. When you injure yourself, your body produces excess fluids to help cushion and protect damaged tissues from further injury. Swelling is unavoidable, but too much swelling can slow down healing, which is why you should ice an injury as soon as possible. Sometimes, though, you have an injury where you can’t control the swelling with home methods or you’re an athlete who wants to get back out on the field as soon as possible. If so, you should try hyperbaric oxygen therapy and heal faster.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates new blood vessel formation in the tissues and can speed up the healing process by three to five times. It also triggers collagen growth, which leads to healing. Athletes who are injured often and those living with chronic wounds benefit greatly from spending time in a hyperbaric chamber.
Burns are complex and difficult to treat, but hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to reduce healing times. As with speeding wound healing, time in a hyperbaric chamber increases blood flow and helps control swelling in the area of the burn. Burns are especially susceptible to infection, and quick healing is vital to making sure that the injury doesn’t get worse.
Anemia is a condition where a person has a lack of red blood cells, and, therefore, less oxygen flow through the body and to the body’s organs. By breathing pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber, someone suffering from anemia can feel a reduction in symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, and a fast heartbeat.
Radiation treatment for cancer can lead to lasting effects and complications, like radiation tissue injury. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help stimulate blood flow to bone and soft tissues of the head and neck. This type of therapy can help alleviate pain and delayed injuries from radiation used in cancer therapy.
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