What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA).  Increased pressure allows oxygen to dissolve and saturate more effectively in the blood system, primarily the plasma (independent of hemoglobin), which yields a broad variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects.  This non-invasive therapy is the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body.  The typical treatment lasts for 60-90 minutes, during which the patient lies down and breathes normally.  One session of HBOT increases the oxygenation of the blood system by 50 percent and is equivalent to 1,400mg of Motrin without the toxicity.

Mild – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Mild-HBOT is a much simpler procedure that consists of entering a hyperbaric chamber chamber and experiencing an increase of pressure to 1.3 ATA.  This serves as the highest pressure approved by the FDA for private use that allows for extremely safe increase in tissue oxygen levels.  The physiological increase in oxygen provided by mild-HBOT is enough to help individuals treat and prevent major long-term damages.  This is accomplished by simulating an environment of 10 feet below sea level and breathing oxygen from either regular filtered air or from an oxygen concentrator.  Through experiencing a lower depth of pressure and not using high oxygen concentrations, mild-HBOT is an extremely safe way to enhance the body’s innate ability to heal and regenerate.

Typical Application

The typical application that has demonstrated both clinical efficacy and safety is 1.3 ATA, applied in 60 minute sessions, once or twice per day, 5 days per week.  This low pressure and intermittent delivery of oxygen has had profound benefits for thousands of patients world-wide.

Is It Safe?

HBOT is extremely safe, especially when applied at lower pressures and following proper guidelines.  Oxygen toxicity and adverse reactions are rare and pertain more towards high-pressure clinical applications in hospital situations; where patients are delivered a much higher dosage, due to acute and life-threatening conditions.  When applied at lower doses, there are impeccable safety records.

(Courtesy of the International Hyperbarics Association, www.IHAUSA.org)
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