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What Are The Benefits?

inflammation1Time, trauma, illness, injury and even anxiety can greatly affect your body’s oxygen flow, rendering it weak and inefficient. Without a greater oxygen flow, the body is unable to deliver the healing stem cells and oxygen-rich hemoglobin that are needed to promote healing.

Chronic inflammation, whether from illness or injury, can do longterm damage to a body. Besides joint pain and loss of mobility, inflammation can lead to loss of muscle tone; compromised digestive function; abnormal cell growth; increased cardiovascular risk; cognitive dysfunction and premature skin aging.

Through short sessions in a pressurized chamber that delivers 100% pure oxygen, hyperbaric therapy—

  • Decreases Inflammation
  • Saturates the body with oxygen, increasing the oxygen level by 20-30%.
  • Increases the body’s ability to fight infection.
  • Creates new capillaries and increases blood flow.
  • Stimulates the body to create new blood cells
  • Increases the body’s production of stem cells
  • Accelerates the rate of healing

Outside of the FDA-approved uses for HBOT, there are over 120 reported conditions for which hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to be beneficial according to published medical studies. Just some of these include—

Healthy Aging

Many HBOT clients have reported healthier looking skin and the reduced appearance of wrinkles. Medical studies confirm that HBOT promotes healthy aging.

“Hyperbaric oxygen can induce protection against oxidative insults in endothelial cells and may provide an easily administered hormetic treatment to help promote healthy aging.”
(2010, New York Academy of Sciences, “Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment induces antioxidant gene expression.”)

Autism
Autism_Awareness_RibbonThere is no cure for autism, which currently affects 1 out of 88 American children. However, HBOT is showing promising results in allaying some of the symptoms.

“HBOT can also increase the function and production of mitochondria and improve neurotransmitter abnormalities.”
(Elsevier Health, University of Virginia, Dr. Daniel Rossignol “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy might improve certain pathophysiological findings in autism.”)

GI Tract Issues

Crohn’s disease and colitis are diseases that can severely affect the quality of life. Clients with these diseases often experience significant alleviation of their symptoms.

“In patients with Crohn’s disease, 31/40 (78%) had clinical improvements with HBOT, while all 39 patients with ulcerative colitis improved.”
(Medical Gas Research, “Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review and analysis.”)

Diabetes

Along with more rapid diabetic wound healing, HBOT therapy can decrease and even reverse diabetic neuropathy.

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is capable of producing tissue hyperoxia by raising oxygen tensions in ischemic tissues, and was shown to be beneficial in the reversal of experimental ischemic neuropathy.”
(Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Istanbul Medical Faculty, “Effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on nerve regeneration in early diabetes.”

Sports Injuries

There’s a reason that golfer Tiger Woods (as well as many other athletes) are proponents of HBOT therapy. Along with helping to heal tissue damaged in sports, HBOT has been shown to strengthen collagen, a protein that is vital for healthy bones, muscles, skin, tendons and ligaments.

“HBOT therapy results in…mechanically stronger collagen fibrils. We propose HBOT therapy as a potentially effective treatment for MCL healing.”
(Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, “Effects of hyperbaric oxygen and platelet derived growth factor on medial collateral ligament fibroblasts.”)

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a common and painful condition of aging, but it can also affect athletes and people who have labored physically for a living. HBOT can reduce the inflammation caused by degenerative disc disease, which in turn reduces the pain.

“HBOT treatment can be anti-inflammatory by suppressing the production of inflammatory cytokines and chemical mediators.”
(SPINE Journal, “Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygenation on Intervertebral Disc Degeneration.”)

In addition to these, HBOT has shown encouraging results in the treatment of Lupus, Arthritis, Rheumatic Diseases, Metabolic Syndromes, Depression, Anxiety, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Traumatic Brain Injury and so much more.

The benefits of oxygen therapy lend themselves to any condition that might be improved through increased stem cell production, reduced inflammation, and faster tissue healing.