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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Decreasing and controlling intracranial pressure is a major focus of medical treatment directly following a traumatic brain injury. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy enhances the bodies existing inflammation regulation mechanisms and creates the optimal environment for the brain to heal itself by hyper-oxygenating the bloodstream and releasing progenitor cells into the brain.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) enhances the bodies existing inflammation regulation mechanisms in order to relieve inflammation in the skull.

HOW HBOT WORKS

High Oxygen Hyperbaric Therapy works off of the principle of Henry’s law. In chemistry, Henry’s law is a gas law that states that the amount of dissolved gas in a liquid is proportional to its partial pressure in the gas phase. HBOT puts Henry’s law into action inside the human body. The patient first enters the hyperbaric chamber and is brought down to a pressure of 3 atmospheres absolute (3ATA), approximately 3x normal atmospheric pressure at sea level. After increasing the pressure inside the chamber the patient then dawns a plastic hood into which l00% oxygen is pumped. The patient remains at pressure breathing pure oxygen for 60-90 minutes.

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as circulatory
problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

References:
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