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Science of HBOT

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The Science Of HBOT

The Science Of HBOT. The practice of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is based firmly in science. It uses basic scientific and biological principles to help the body absorb more oxygen. This oxygen absorption allows the body to heal and perform in ways that it could not on its own.

The first and most easily understood mechanism by which hyperbaric oxygen therapy works is Boyle’s Law. Discovered in 1662, Boyle’s Law states that as long as the temperature of a set amount of gas stays constant, the pressure and volume are always constant. This law also says that if the volume decreases with constant temperature and gas molecules, then the pressure increases. The opposite is also true. If volume increases while temperature and gas molecules stay constant, then pressure decreases. This is the means by which the oxygen is pressurized. 

In the science of HBOT, Another important concept in the functioning of hyperbaric chambers is Henry’s Law. This scientific law explains why the amount of oxygen is greatly increased by an increase in pressure. Henry’s law states that the quantity of a gas, if it remains at a constant temperature, that will dissolve into a volume of liquid is directly related to the pressure ratio of the gas and liquid in equilibrium.

The Science Of HBOT

The practice of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is based firmly in science. It uses basic scientific and biological principles to help the body absorb more oxygen. This oxygen absorption allows the body to heal and perform in ways that it could not on its own.

The first and most easily understood mechanism by which hyperbaric oxygen therapy works is Boyle’s Law. Discovered in 1662, Boyle’s Law states that as long as the temperature of a set amount of gas stays constant, the pressure and volume are always constant. This law also says that if the volume decreases with constant temperature and gas molecules, then the pressure increases. The opposite is also true. If volume increases while temperature and gas molecules stay constant, then pressure decreases. This is the means by which the oxygen is pressurized. 

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Another important concept in the functioning of hyperbaric chambers is Henry’s Law. This scientific law explains why the amount of oxygen is greatly increased by an increase in pressure. Henry’s law states that the quantity of a gas, if it remains at a constant temperature, that will dissolve into a volume of liquid is directly related to the pressure ratio of the gas and liquid in equilibrium.

In laymen’s terms, this means that the pressure of a gas over a liquid increases the amount of the gas that diffuses into the liquid. When applied to hyperbaric technology, this means that the number of red blood cells does not limit the amount of oxygen within the blood. Oxygen will diffuse into the plasma as well, greatly increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. These effects are not limited to blood. Lymph, penumbra, and other fluids and tissues will also carry oxygen, although they usually would not. Since all of the body’s cells use oxygen, this increase is very beneficial.

The Science Of HBOT

The mild hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air from 2 to 4.5 pounds per square inch (1.3 ATA max). This is the equivalent pressure of being 11 feet below sea level.

The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen, thus greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of the body. The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas with swelling or inflammation. At the same time, the increased pressure decreases swelling and inflammation. The body then utilizes oxygen for vital cell functions. The human body is capable of healing itself when it has what it needs.

The question is “how does it work?” The answer lies in Henry’s law. A gas, when under pressure, will dissolve in liquid. An increase in atmospheric pressure allows for more gas to be dissolved into any given liquid. Oxygen exists as a gas at room temperature, and the human body is composed almost completely of water. Therefore, oxygen dissolves readily into the body’s fluids. This leads to healthier cells, which lead to healthier organs, healthier systems, and a healthier person.

In laymen’s terms, this means that the pressure of a gas over a liquid increases the amount of the gas that diffuses into the liquid. When applied to hyperbaric technology, this means that the number of red blood cells does not limit the amount of oxygen within the blood. Oxygen will diffuse into the plasma as well, greatly increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. These effects are not limited to blood. Lymph, penumbra, and other fluids and tissues will also carry oxygen, although they usually would not. Since all of the body’s cells use oxygen, this increase is very beneficial.

The mild hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air from 2 to 4.5 pounds per square inch (1.3 ATA max). This is the equivalent pressure of being 11 feet below sea level.

The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen, thus greatly increasing oxygen uptake by the cells, tissues, glands, organs, brain, and fluids of the body. The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation to areas with swelling or inflammation. At the same time, the increased pressure decreases swelling and inflammation. The body then utilizes oxygen for vital cell functions. The human body is capable of healing itself when it has what it needs.

The question is “how does it work?” The answer lies in Henry’s law. A gas, when under pressure, will dissolve in liquid. An increase in atmospheric pressure allows for more gas to be dissolved into any given liquid. Oxygen exists as a gas at room temperature, and the human body is composed almost completely of water. Therefore, oxygen dissolves readily into the body’s fluids. This leads to healthier cells, which lead to healthier organs, healthier systems, and a healthier person.

You can learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy by taking our Hyperbaric Safety Training Course.  It is a great way to learn the history, science, protocols, contraindications.  The hyperbaric training course also has all scientific studies and manufacture installation manuals and videos for your convenience, information and safety.

If you are looking to purchase a hyperbaric chamber there is no better choice than Atlanta Hyperbaric Center.  My staff and I will do our best to help you get the best chamber for your needs and at the best price possible.  We have offer discounts for veterans, first responders and health care professionals. Thank you for your service!

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