In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, oxygen-rich plasma is injected into tissues depleted of oxygen. Wound injuries damage the body’s blood vessels, which release fluid that leaks into the tissues and causes swelling.Swelling robs the damaged cells of oxygen, which leads to tissue death. While reducing swelling, HBOT floods the tissues with oxygen. The elevated pressure in the chamber increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. HBOT aims to break the cycle of swelling, oxygen starvation and tissue death.
Extra oxygen carried by your blood assists your body in fighting bacteria, as well as releasing growth factors and stem cells that contribute to healing.
When your body’s tissues are injured, they require even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. With repeated scheduled treatments, the temporary extra high oxygen levels encourage normal tissue oxygen levels, even after the therapy is completed.
Medical Conditions Treated with Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can treat anemia, burns, a crushing injury, sudden deafness, gangrene, radiation injury, nonhealing wounds and other tissues in the body that are resistant to healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a type of treatment used to speed up the healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen.
History of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was first used in the U.S. in the early 20th century. According to Johns Hopkins University, “Dr. O. Cunningham used pure oxygen to successfully treat someone dying from the flu.” “The therapy was tried again in the 1940s when the U.S. Navy used hyperbaric oxygen to treat deep-sea divers who had decompression sickness. By the 1960s, the therapy was also used to combat carbon monoxide poisoning.”
The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function. It has also been approved for more than a dozen conditions ranging from burns to bone disease.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, contact Aura Spa in Beverly Hills today for a free consultation on how oxygen therapy may help you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Ben Talei