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Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Safe?

Everyone wants to improve their health and well-being in the most natural, non-invasive ways possible. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a fascinating and innovative approach to treating a surprisingly wide variety of ailments. You may have heard about it in passing or seen it featured on a medical show. But what exactly is HBOT, and more importantly, is it safe?

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

In this therapy, you sit in a pressurized chamber supercharged with 100% oxygen. The increased pressure allows your lungs to absorb more oxygen than usual. Oxygen is critical for healing and helps your body repair itself more effectively.

Why Use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

HBOT is a multi-purpose therapy. From healing chronic wounds to treating bone infections and sports injuries, the increased oxygen levels in your bloodstream can fight infections and speed up the healing process in injured tissues. Plus, the potential anti-inflammatory effects of this therapy help with conditions that cause pain and swelling.

What Happens During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Undergoing HBOT sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel. You’ll sit or lie down in a specialized chamber and settle in for a treatment session lasting up to two hours, during which you can listen to music, watch a movie, or take a nap. It’s like sitting on your couch, and the only sensation you will feel is fullness in your ears for the first and last 5 minutes of the treatment, similar to what you feel when landing in an airplane. You should breathe normally throughout the therapy, though you will need to yawn or swallow to “pop your ears” to relieve the fullness in your ears.

Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Right for Everyone?

While HBOT is beneficial for many people, certain medical conditions and situations make it unsafe for some. Consult a healthcare professional to see if this therapy is right for you.

What are the Health Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

HBOT offers a range of health benefits thanks to its ability to enhance various bodily functions. These include:

  • Increased oxygen levels in tissues: Saturating your body’s tissues with oxygen promotes healing, especially in areas where blood flow might be compromised.
  • Improved circulation: HBOT improves circulation to help oxygen-rich blood reach the most oxygen-deprived tissues.
  • Enhanced immune system function: With more oxygen available, your white blood cells work more efficiently, enhancing their ability to fight infections, grow healthy cells, and repair damaged tissue.
  • Anti-inflammatory effects: Studies show that HBOT reduces inflammation and swelling, which benefits people with musculoskeletal disorders and other inflammation-related causes of chronic pain.
  • Healing of chronic wounds: The above benefits of HBOT work together to accelerate the wound healing process. This benefits people with diabetic ulcers, radiation injuries, surgical wounds, and skin grafts.
  • Increase in Stem Cell production: Studies show that after a course of HBO, the bone marrow releases up to 8 times more stem cells and mobilizes them to go where there is damage.

Begin Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Baromedical Associates, LLC

Choosing the right HBOT provider is crucial. Baromedical Associates, LLC, stands out as an innovator in the field. We offer the most advanced and effective therapy available today, using FDA-approved, single-person hyperbaric chambers to ensure a personalized and safe experience. We’re also known particularly for our expertise in treating children and and a wide variety of coditions where studies show that HBO provides benefit. To experience the benefits of HBOT for yourself, please contact us today or find a location near you in the Dallas Metro area.

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