Just sit back, relax, and breathe. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it is. That’s all you have to do when you enter a hyperbaric chamber. Once the oxygen inflates your lungs, a healing environment is created. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive treatment that provides 100% medical-grade oxygen at a prescribed atmospheric pressure to the lungs.
“HBOT is a powerful healing, optimizing, and recovery technology...the beauty is in its simplicity: it’s just oxygen and pressure, that’s it,” wrote Dr. Scott Sherr in a guest blog on BenGreenfieldFitness.com. “Combine these two naturally occurring elements and infuse 1,200% or more oxygen into circulation, reverse hypoxia, decrease inflammation, release an exponential number of stem cells, kill bugs, improve immune system function, and so much more.”
Several other major benefits include:
1. Improved Brain Health
HBOT can mobilize stem cells to the site of a brain injury, accelerating recovery and promoting the growth of new blood vessels and regeneration of tissue. The treatment may also relieve symptoms such as pain and reduce cognitive impairment.
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2. Enhanced Athletic Performance
Whether you’re a professional athlete or play on a weekend sports team, HBOT can be an effective way to enhance your performance and endurance. Increasing the oxygen in your body accelerates the body’s ability to recover by creating ATP energy and getting rid of muscle fatigue-causing lactic acid. It’s also a way to detox your body, boost your immune health, support new capillary growth, and improve mental focus.
3. Anti-Aging Capabilities
Spending an hour in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber can reverse the aging process, giving you a youthful glow. Supplying the body with oxygen promotes collagen production, maintains skin elasticity, reduces skin damage from the sun, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces scar formation.
“HBOT is a powerful healing, optimizing, and recovery technology...the beauty is in its simplicity: it’s just oxygen and pressure, that’s it.”
4. Improved Immune System Function
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the power to block harmful toxins and strengthen the immune system. Saturating the body with oxygen allows tissues to resist infection by improving the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria.
5. Post-Surgery Recovery Support
HBOT is often used as a complementary treatment to various surgeries to minimize surgical injury and speed healing. It can fight infection, reduce swelling and bruising, and promote healthy tissue growth. Overall, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve your comfort after surgery.
How many treatments do you need?
The number of treatments necessary to experience the benefits depends on the reason you came in for HBOT. The average patient typically requires 30 to 40 sessions, which last 60 to 90 minutes each. However, this may change depending on your condition.
Is HBOT right for you?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has currently approved 14 conditions for the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the U.S. These include air or gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning, central retinal artery occlusion, decompression sickness, diabetic lower extremity wounds, gas gangrene, radiation tissue damage, thermal burns, and more. However, researchers and physicians have discovered a variety of non-covered uses for HBOT that are backed by science and experience. Across the globe, HBOT is known to treat more than 60 medical conditions.