Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a noninvasive and painless treatment used for restoring oxygen to tissues that have been damaged by oxygen deprivation. Using pure oxygen under increased pressure, the body’s natural ability to heal from traumas, diseases and other afflictions is enhanced, and in many cases, is accelerated.
It involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.
In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy room, the air pressure is raised up to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather up to three times more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.
Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body, stimulating the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.
More information may be found on the website of hyperbaricawareness.org (add link) located in British Columbia.
The conditions in which HBOT has been found to be a useful adjunct to rehabilitation are:
ISCHEMIC LEG PAIN
HBOT’s role in Stroke Rehabilitation
Activates dormant neurons in the penumbra zone.
Improves motor power
Reduces stroke recurrences
Increases physical and mental exercise capacity
HBOT’s role in Head Injury Rehabilitation
Decreases cerebral edema in acute stage
Improves cognitive function recovery in combination with brain jogging
Relieves post-traumatic headaches
HBOT’s role in Paraplegia Rehabilitation
Improves vital capacity
Increases exercise capacity
Decreases hyperammonemia resulting from exhaustive exercise.
HBOT’s role in Myocardial Ischemia
Improves exercise capacity
Prevents recurrence of ischemic episodes
Decreases BP in hypertensives
Long-term use reverses atherosclerosis
HBOT’S role in Ischemic Leg Pain
Increases painless exercise capacity
Relieves pain both at rest and on activity
Reduces biochemical disturbances resulting from exercise of ischemic muscles
Counteracts the vasoconstriction effect of HBO
Improvement is maintained after cessation of HBOT when the ceiling effect is reached
HBOT’S role in Sports Injuries
Reduces swelling and pain in acute stage
Speeds up recovery and return to active training
Improves fracture healing
Aids recovery from exhaustion and collapse
The above material referenced from Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine – KK Jain
Other useful Hyperbaric Links
www.oxygenhq.com – Oxygen and its many uses
www.hbot.com – good source for HBOT news
www.oceanhbo.com – Dr. Richard Neubauer, MD
www.perlhealth.com – Dr. Perlmutter, MD Neurologist
www.drcranton.com – Dr. Cranton, MDwww.netnet.net/mums/ – An organization for parents or care providers of a child with any disability, rare or not so rare disorder, chromosomal abnormality, or health condition.
Hyperbaricawareness.org – Call to connect with a Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center in Canada.