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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)


Introduction


Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment in which a person is exposed to increased atmospheric pressure between 1.1 and 1.5 atmospheres, which can also be expressed as 3 to 6 pounds per square inch. The increase in pressure allows more oxygen to reach the cells of the body which has many healing and therapeutic benefits.



What Is Mild Hyperbaric Therapy?


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How Does Mild Hyperbaric Therapy Work?


According to Henry’s Laws of Physics, an increase in atmospheric pressure allows more gas to be dissolved into any given liquid. Henry’s law is displayed in every can of soda. When soda is canned at the factory, it is put under pressure so that more carbon dioxide can be dissolved into the soda causing it be carbonated. When the can is opened, the pressure is released. Without the pressure to keep in the gas dissolved, the soda will become flat in a few hours.


This same principal applies to oxygen and plasma, the liquid part of our blood. When the body is under pressure, plasma, cerebral fluid, and synovial fluid will dissolve more oxygen than they would if they were not under pressure. Not only does this increase the amount if available oxygen to the tissues, it allows oxygen to reach areas of the body that would normally be difficult to reach.



What is the Mechanical Effect of Increased Pressure?


Any free gas trapped in the body will decrease in volume as pressure exerted on it increases (Boyle’s Law). Reduction in bubble size may allow it to pass through the circulation, or at least travel into a smaller vessel which will reduce the size of any resulting infarction. This effect is useful in the management of gas embolism and decompression sickness.


Flooding the body with oxygen forces the rapid elimination of other gases, thus reducing damage caused by toxic gases such as carbon monoxide. The elevated pressure used during hyperbaric oxygen therapy further accelerates the elimination process.


Hyperbaric oxygen acts as an alpha-adrenergic drug. Vasoconstriction can result in reduction of edema following burns or crsh injuries. Even with a reduction in blood flow, enough extra oxygen is carried by the blood due to the net increase in tissue oxygen delivery occurs with hyperbaric oxygen. Anaerobic bacteria does not contain the natural defenses to protect them from the superoxides, peroxides, and other compounds formed in the presence of high oxygen tensions.


More important, many of the body’s bacterial defense mechanisms are oxygen dependent. When tissue partial pressure of oxygen drops too low, effective ingestion and killing by phagocytic leukocytes is retarded. Re-oxygenation of those tissues allows phagocytosis and other host defense mechanisms to come back into play. Hyperbaric oxygen physically dissolves extra oxygen into the plasma (Henry’s Law). The quantity of oxygen carried and transferred to ischemic tissue by the blood is increased. Relieving the ischemia with this increased oxygenation promotes osteoclastic and osteoblastic activity, collagen matrix formation and the breakdown of many toxins. The extra oxygen also helps the ischemic tissue meet the increased metabolic need required by healing processes.



Summary of HBOT effect:


In our day and age, almost everyone is oxygen deprived and would benefit from increased oxygenation. HBOT is designed to boost the supply of oxygen to ischemic tissue or to diseased tissues that respond to increased oxygen levels. Increasing the volume of oxygen dissolved in the blood plasma, that is brought about by HBOT treatment, produces basic effects:

  • Reduces swelling/ edema
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Restores metabolism and mitochondrial function
  • Detoxification of poisoned tissues
  • Enhanced antimicrobial effect



HBOT has been used successfully to treat the following conditions/disorders:


In our day and age, almost everyone is oxygen deprived and would benefit from increased oxygenation. HBOT is designed to boost the supply of oxygen to ischemic tissue or to diseased tissues that respond to increased oxygen levels. Increasing the volume of oxygen dissolved in the blood plasma, that is brought about by HBOT treatment, produces basic effects:

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