Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat embolisms, stroke and burns, and research has shown that HBOT shows promise as treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and cancer and pain management. According to the Mayo Clinic, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can also 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 such as autism, ADHD and depression, many people have found hyperbaric oxygen therapy to be an effective treatment for these conditions. And 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, it’s 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 enhances 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 had been considered dormant due to the strokes. At the National Stroke Association Conference, research results were presented that 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, but 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 it needs. Patients who use HBOT often report feeling rejuvenated.
Other medical treatments can cause significant problems for patients. Prescription medication and surgeries, while they may be necessary to treat illness, can leave the patient feeling fatigued and sick. Clients use HBOT as an alternative to medical treatment or in conjunction with traditional medical treatment.
The team at the Atlanta Hyperbaric Center has made it a goal to educate patients about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and empower them to make informed decisions about their health and treatment.