Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.
Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen dissolves into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone. During the dissolve, oxygen can be carried to areas of diminished or blocked circulation, helping the body support its own healing process. This process greatly enhances the body's ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduce swelling, and allow new blood vessels to grow more rapidly in affected areas. HBOT is simple and painless.
In 2008, Dr. Goodman and colleagues found that a single hyperbaric treatment to humans cells lining our blood vessels turns on 8,101 genes in 24 hours following HBOT. If the cells are given another treatment at 24 hours, even more genes are activated.
After which the cells begin to roll up and form small blood vessels. Nearly every injury process, whether it's caused by trauma, toxins, loss of blood flow, low oxygen, etcetera, causes the same secondary injury, regardless being an inflammatory reaction. HBOT specifically treats the common secondary injury process responsible for the majority of damage in all acute and chronic conditions. It also treats the acute inflammatory process and longterm and products of the body's inflammatory reaction. Hyperbaric oxygen is one of the lowest risk medical treatments available today.
Conditions from which patients may benefit when hyperbaric oxygen is used as a long-term therapy include: