Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sounds almost too good to be true, and you may be wondering how sitting in a hyperbaric chamber filled with pure oxygen can actually help your body heal faster. HBOT is used in many ways to help treat anything from wounds to carbon monoxide poisoning, and it has been proven effective in many cases. In today’s post, we will look at some of the benefits you can expect to experience through hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
More and more people are starting to look for natural ways to heal their bodies and live their lives to the fullest. At Sun Medical Center, we are proud to provide residents of Fort Lauderdale with multiple options for ways they can improve their health. At our facility, we offer a few different innovative ways to heal from the inside out, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. If you’re interested in learning more, browse our website, and give us a call to schedule an appointment today!
Why Choose Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient sits in either a hyperbaric chamber or a hood, and is exposed to 100-percent pure oxygen for a designated amount of time. In previous posts, we have discussed some of the frequently asked questions people have regarding HBOT to give you a better idea of how this type of treatment works. Some of the conditions that have been approved for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:
- Severe anemia
- Crushing injury
- Non-healing wounds
- Sudden vision loss
- Brain abscess
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Decompression sickness
- Infection of skin or bone
The Benefits of HBOT
It’s no secret that humans depend on oxygen to live. However, many people don’t understand how exposing yourself to pure oxygen will help the body heal more quickly. It’s true, we would not be able to survive without oxygen, however, our atmosphere is comprised of approximately 21 percent oxygen. When you receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy, your body is exposed to 100 percent oxygen in a high-pressure environment, which results in up to 20 times more oxygen being absorbed by your blood cells than normal.
Unfortunately, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a miracle treatment that will start working right away. In order to experience the benefits, you will most likely need to go through HBOT more than once. If you have any questions, or you would like to know more about what to expect, please consult with your doctor about your treatment.
That being said, once you begin your hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments, you can expect to experience the following:
Raised Oxygen Levels in Damaged Tissue
When you have a cut or become sick, the tissue around the infected area becomes damaged, and the tissue cannot receive as much oxygen as it needs. The increased levels of oxygen in a high-pressure environment will allow the damaged tissue to regain the correct levels of oxygen. Once they have the proper oxygen levels, they will be able to function and heal normally.
Strengthens the Immune System
If you get hurt or catch a cold, your body’s immune system will work hard to try and fight bad bacteria. Most people don’t know that oxygen acts as a natural antibiotic and can disable the toxins of certain strains of bacteria. HBOT, as a result, helps your body fight infections, while simultaneously improving the strength of your white blood cells to destroy any harmful bacteria and toxins. Additionally, the high-pressure environment and pure oxygen work hand-in-hand to increase the concentration of oxygen in your tissues, encouraging them to heal and fight infection.
When you get a severe injury, the blood cells in the injured area become damaged and will leak into the surrounding tissues. As a result, the tissues become swollen and deprive the damaged cells of oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy aids in the healing process, reduces the swelling in the damaged tissue, and increases the amount of oxygen in your blood.
Interested in Learning More?
These are just a few ways in which hyperbaric oxygen therapy can aid the healing process. If you have any questions, first speak to your doctor about whether or not HBOT is right for you. Once you’re ready to make an appointment, or you would like to learn more about our hyperbaric chambers and treatment options, contact Sun Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale to schedule an appointment.
We look forward to seeing you soon!