Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment that involves breathing a very high concentration of oxygen in a pressurized chamber. This extra oxygen has several beneficial effects:
Wound healing is a four stage process:
This healing process requires oxygen to work effectively. When damaged or diseased tissue cannot receive enough oxygen normally, such as with crush injuries or in patients with poor circulation, healing can be delayed or prevented altogether.
The inflammatory and proliferation phases of healing are strongly dependent on oxygen. HBOT provides a way for enough oxygen to reach injured tissue, which boosts the body’s natural healing process in several ways.
Infections may be part of the problem with a wound that won’t heal, or may be an illness on their own. HBOT has been proven to help fight infection in addition to speeding up healing, which helps healing even more.
HBOT is an effective treatment for various conditions, including carbon monoxide poisoning, radiation exposure, decompression sickness, and more. It can also treat conditions affecting specific body parts, such as stroke, chronic wounds, and sports injuries. Some studies have shown that HBOT can improve cognitive function and memory in people with Alzheimer’s. HBOT may also improve the quality of life in cancer patients.
It depends on what you’re using HBOT for. If you’re using it to treat a specific condition, consult your doctor about how often you should do HBOT. If you’re using it to improve your overall health, then 2-3 times of sessions a week are recommended.
There are a few contraindications for oxygen therapy:
It is best to do HBOT at most three times weekly to avoid potential side effects. Side effects of HBOT can include ear pain, sinus pain, and fatigue. It is essential to talk with your doctor before starting any new treatment regimen, including HBOT.
No. Cell phones and other electronic devices emit radiation, and it’s unsafe to have them in a hyperbaric chamber. The increased pressure in a hyperbaric chamber can make the radiation even more harmful.
You can receive HBOT treatment at a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) center. There are many centers located throughout the United States and around the world. You can find a list of hyperbaric oxygen therapy centers by visiting the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) website.
The HBOT technicians have a wide range of training, including medical billing and insurance, equipment use and maintenance, and patient care.
Many HBOT technicians are certified through the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Association (HBOTA), the only national organization certifying healthcare professionals in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. To become certified through HBOTA, technicians must complete an approved training program and pass an examination.
Before starting HBOT, the technician needs to know about the patient’s medical history, including any current illnesses or injuries, as well as any medications they are currently taking. The technician must also learn about the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate.
Either self-referrals from patients or physician referrals are acceptable. Our staff assesses patients to determine their unique needs before providing care. Please contact us at 888-567-4302 to set up an assessment.
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