What does hyperbaric oxygen therapy do?

To function properly, the body needs the right amount of oxygen, according to Mayo Clinic. When tissue is injured, however, it needs even more oxygen to thrive. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, those living with infection undergo treatment to increase the amount of oxygen the blood can carry throughout the body. This treatment provides temporary restoration of blood oxygen, which can fight infection and increase chances of healing.

Let's take a closer look at what hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for, benefits of the treatments and a run-through of the therapy process:

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy and what does it do?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the atmospheric pressure in the body to fill it with 100 percent oxygen. Its purpose is to enhance the body's overall healing process. Under normal pressure, the body transports oxygen by red blood cells. With HBOT, the amount of oxygen that is carried in all fluids of the body increases.

What conditions are treated by hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Someone living with the following conditions may be suggested to consider HBOT:

  • Severe anemia.
  • Brain abscess.
  • Arterial gas embolism.
  • Decompression sickness.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Sudden deafness.
  • Infectious skin or bone that leads to death of tissue.
  • Non-healing wounds.
  • Radiation injury.
  • Sudden vision loss.
  • Skin grafts.

Recently, doctors were able to reverse the trauma in a toddler who nearly drowned in February 2016 using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The increased oxygen supply repaired her damaged tissue, reduced swelling and encouraged the brain cells to thrive.

The hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber is built to provide a comfortable experience.The hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber is built to provide a comfortable experience.

What are some of the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
By increasing the amount of oxygen in one's system, we've found that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can provide the following benefits:

  • Reverse damage caused by heart attack or stroke.
  • Increase the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria.
  • Stimulate growth of cells that can aid wound healing.

What does treatment consist of?
Prior to treatment, patients will need to notify technicians of any medication or non-prescription drugs they're taking. Additionally, patients are encouraged to give up smoking any tobacco products to ensure the body can transport oxygen as efficiently as possible.

At the Longevity Centres of Houston, patients enter our Vitaeris 320, which is the largest machine in the Oxyhealth's Hyperbaric Chamber fleet. It's 32" inflated diameter is roomy enough to seat two people at a time, making it a comfortable experience – giving patients the option to move around and sit up during treatment. Inside the chamber, patients breathe in 100 percent oxygen for 60 minutes under increased atmospheric pressure. Because of the relaxed atmosphere, patients are encouraged to read or even take a nap during each session.

How the Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston can help
Did you know that The Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston is one of the first facilities in Houston to provide 100 percent hyperbaric oxygen therapy to patients outside of a hospital setting? Someone dealing with any of the conditions stated earlier may consider reaching out to our professionals for treatment.

If you're interest in learning more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or any of the other services provided at the Longevity & Stem Centre, don't hesitate to contact us today.