Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), is a non-invasive method that uses 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure in a controlled total body chamber. It started as a medical treatment to speed up and enhance the body's natural ability to heal. Today, it is an approved modality that is most often used as an adjunct or enhancement therapy for a wide variety of medical conditions.
Normally, the red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body. With HBOT, oxygen can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked since it is dissolved into all of the bodyís fluids including the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone. Moreover, extra oxygen are able to nourish the damaged tissues making the body capable of its own healing process. The increased oxygen also greatly improves the bodyís infection control as it enhances the function of the white blood cells and promotes formation of new blood vessels in the affected areas.
Inactive or damaged neurons receive just enough oxygen to survive but not enough to function or fire electrically. With HBOT, the neurons become reactivated and are facilitated for function once again. The reactivation of these cells leads to plasticity such that the brain is able to learn or relearn the skills that are necessary for proper function of both the body and the brain makes new connections for recovery of trunk, limb and muscle movement and the brain, as it relates to cognitive function.
01What is plasticity or neuroplasticity?
Plasticity or neuroplasticity is one of the most widely celebrated discoveries in the 21st century. It is a mechanism that proves brain repair is possible. It involves the redirection and reeducation of neurons to create new pathways to learn and improve both cognitive and motor skills. Plasticity follows any brain insult when the brain and body compensate and attempt to overcome and rewire their connections to learn to take over the tasks of the damaged neurons.
SUMMARY of Benefits:
HBOT can be used to treat patients who suffer from various diseases or injuries associated with hypoxia, or lack of oxygen on a cellular level. It can also be used for its antibiotic properties as it enhances infection control. Some conditions that were found elicit good response to HBOT include:
Some off-label indications
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Although HBOT is extremely safe, some patients may complain of:
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