What makes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) such a revolution lies in its simplicity. Our bodies need oxygen in order to heal themselves. When our body is starved of oxygen, for instance at the site of an injury, we suffer tissue damage caused by inflammation. HBOT saturates the red blood cells and plasma with high levels of oxygen, which is then forced out into the body's tissues. This gives our body the fuel it needs to manage the inflammatory reaction and perform its basic metabolic processes, leading to improved overall wellness.
When oxygen is administered at high levels under higher than normal pressure it has "drug-like effects" on every cell in the body.
“Restore oxygen in the body and you can restore much of the lost function."
Dr. Paul Harch. The Oxygen Revolution 2010
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is revolutionary
If you can reduce the inflammation, you reduce the pain caused by the body's inflammatory reaction.
What does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy do?
It achieves hyperoxygenation (1)
HBOT super saturates the tissue, plasma and haemoglobin with oxygen.
It promotes blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) (2)
Over prolonged treatment, HBOT stimulates the growth of new blood vessels into tissues.
It causes vasoconstriction and the reduction of swelling (1)
Hyperbaric oxygen has the unique property of constricting blood vessels thereby reducing oedema (swelling). It simultaneously increases the oxygen supply to the area.
It may promote wound healing (2)
High oxygen levels promote the growth of collagen which is necessary to make scar tissue and stabilise skin while growing over wounds.
It promotes tissue growth (2)
Tissue such as skin, muscles and other soft tissues grow faster in an oxygen rich area.
It may stimulate white blood cell action (3)
Some white blood cells kill bacteria by using special enzymes and toxic substances incorporating oxygen. In areas of the body where oxygen levels are low, white blood cells lose the oxygen dependent killing systems. HBOT floods the body with oxygen, restoring this function, enhancing the body's ability to kill bacteria. Some bacteria are also restricted in their growth in oxygen rich tissue.
It may improve antibiotic efficacy (4)
Certain antibiotics have enhanced action in an oxygen rich environment.
(1) Maj Gen S Venkatraman Ed. Medicine Update Vol. 14: Recent Advances in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. 2004: The Association of Physicians of India.
(2) Jennifer A Thackham BSc, D.L. Sean McElwain PhD and Robert J. Long M.D. The Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Treat Chronic Wounds: Wound Repair and Regeneration. 2008. Vol 16. Issue 3. P321-330
(4) Gunnar Heuser, M.D., Ph.D, Olga Aguilera, M.D., Sylvia Heuser, M.A., Shayna Kasbee, B.A., and Tanya Peach, B.S.