Our bodies need oxygen for life. Many people don’t realize that the amount and quality of the oxygen we breathe makes a difference in how well our body functions. Pollution and poor oxygen content in the air we breathe can inhibit health and healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is pure oxygen treatment in a pressurized chamber to give patients the benefit of high levels of oxygen to aid in a variety of medical conditions.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat embolisms, stroke, and burns. Research has shown that HBOT shows promise as treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to treat serious infections and wounds that are slow to heal due to diabetes.
Though this therapy has yet to be scientifically proven to treat other conditions like autism, ADHD, and depression, many people have found hyperbaric oxygen therapy to be an effective treatment for these conditions. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be helpful for pain management as well. Athletes use HBOT to improve performance and reduce recovery time.
At the Atlanta Hyperbaric Center, clients can receive the healing effects of oxygen. Because the oxygen is given in a pressurized chamber, the oxygen is able to penetrate areas of the body that tend to be low in oxygen and difficult to oxygenate such as the brain and spinal fluid. The dose of oxygen delivered to all areas of the body increases the cells’ ability to heal and improves overall functioning.
The use of HBOT for stroke patients is one example of how this alternative therapy improves the lives of those who use it. In the treatment of strokes, research has shown that HBOT is able to help restore functioning of areas of the brain that have been considered dormant due to the stroke. At the National Stroke Association Conference, research results were presented which showed that stroke patients who received hyperbaric oxygen therapy had significant improvements in speech, cognitive functioning, memory, and mobility.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is completely safe. Those who are considering this alternative treatment may be concerned about spending time in a pressurized chamber. Clients report the treatment to be comfortable and relaxing. Patients are able to communicate with the staff while inside the chamber.
Unlike other treatment methods such as prescriptions and surgeries, hyperbaric oxygen therapy does not have any undesirable side effects. The body simply is taking in the oxygen that it needs. Patients who use HBOT often report feeling rejuvenated. Other medical treatments can cause significant problems for the patients. Prescription medication and surgeries, while they may be necessary to treat the illness, can leave the patient feeling fatigued and sick.
Clients use HBOT as an alternative to medical treatment or in junction with the traditional medical treatment. The team at the Atlanta Hyperbaric Center have made it a goal to educate their patients about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and empower them to make informative decisions about their health and treatment.