January 15, 2021

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy For COVID-19

COVID-19 is ravaging our country, including Colorado and the city of Denver, which here at NeuraPerformance Brain Center, we call home. It is an ongoing pandemic, and much research needs to be done on treatment options, however, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help people who have been exposed to COVID-19. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, allows you to breathe pure oxygen in a pressurized tube, which can help your lungs recover from illness. Continue reading to learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and if you’d like to schedule an appointment with our Denver brain center, contact us today!

IMPORTANT: Anyone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 should follow CDC guidelines, and if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus, you should consult with a doctor before seeking hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the patient entering a pressurized tube where the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. During your hour-long therapy session, you can lie down and relax, gaining the benefits of breathing pure oxygen. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help heal wounds, reduce inflammation, allow for better circulation, and support lung health — all great ways to support your body’s recovery from coronavirus or other injury and illness. At its most basic level, HBOT promotes the body’s own natural ability to heal through immersion in an oxygen-rich environment. Entering a hyperbaric chamber delivers oxygen-rich blood throughout the brain and body, promoting overall health, including a reduction in inflammation.  

COVID-19, HBOT, & Inflammation

COVID-19 affects your body’s immune response, which, in turn, causes an inflammatory response throughout the body, particularly within the lung. A study published in NCBI looked at how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to reduce this inflammatory response. While more research needs to be done, HBOT has been shown to be effective at helping to reduce inflammation and may be helpful in mitigating inflammation caused by COVID-19. 

HBOT has been used for almost a century and has several anti-inflammatory effects. Along with wound recovery, HBOT has been shown to be effective in treating radiation injury and may be effective in helping reduce symptoms in those who have been exposed to COVID-19.

Post-COVID Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

If you have had COVID-19 and are no longer contagious but are still suffering the long-term effects of the virus, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be able to help you in your recovery. We still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 and long-term, large-scale studies need to be conducted, but some patients do have impaired gas exchange and other respiratory difficulties after leaving the hospital. This can lead to lower oxygen intake and difficulty in recovering. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows patients to breathe pure oxygen for an hour, infusing your bloodstream with oxygen that would be difficult to obtain otherwise. If you’d like to learn more about how HBOT can help with post-COVID recovery, contact NeuraPerformance Brain Center in Denver today.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at NeuraPerformance Brain Center

Here at NeuraPerformance, we specialize in brain health, recovery, and brain training. Our state-of-the-art brain training center in Denver specializes in helping people recover from a variety of health issues, including inflammation and issues. We also perform baseline concussion testing and vestibular therapy. Here are our four core technologies:

Let us work to help you find relief from your coronavirus symptoms. Schedule an appointment today! 

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