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Heal Your Body with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Oxygen is an essential element and is one of the basic building blocks of life. This nutrient also plays a vital role in helping your body function and heal. When you suffer from an injury, the swelling that results can cause cell death due to a lack of oxygen in the afflicted area. The good news is, you can speed up your wound healing, reduce your pain, and enjoy other health benefits by opting for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
HBOT is an oxygen-based therapy that utilizes the power of oxygen to help your body recover. It works by allowing you to breathe 100% oxygen while in a high-pressure environment— or a hyperbaric chamber. The higher air pressure (1.3-2 atmospheres absolute) allows the oxygen to saturate your blood at a rate that is 10-20 times higher than usual.
What are the Benefits of HBOT?
HBOT offers many benefits, including:
- Faster wound healing
- Prevention of reperfusion injuries
- Strengthening of the immune system
- Increased tissue and skin cell formation
Whether you’re suffering from burns, car accident injuries, or persistent and chronic wounds, HBOT can help you get on your road to recovery.
Can HBOT Help Prevent Migraines?
Migraines cause debilitating pain and can make it nearly impossible for you to carry out basic daily activities. When your migraine begins, blood flow to your brain can be reduced by as much as 36%, and this results in swelling— and severe pain.
Luckily, HBOT can reduce the pain and swelling you experience from migraines and provide you the relief you’re looking for. It’s effectiveness arises from the fact that while you’re in the hyperbaric chamber, you’re breathing pure oxygen. This raises the oxygen levels in your brain and neighboring tissues and expediates healing. HBOT not only relieves your migraine pain but may also delay your next migraine attack from arriving.
A medical professional at the Comprehensive Accident Injury Center can assess your current health and inform you if HBOT is a viable therapy to help you get rid of your headaches and reach your health goals.
How Does HBOT Therapy Work?
So we know that HBOT can help your wounds heal and even strengthen your immune system, but how does it work?
This therapy can provide your body with numerous benefits because of how essential oxygen is for your system. Oxygen is carried by blood cells through your bloodstream and it’s used by your body to facilitate a wide range of essential processes.
When your bloodstream is infused with oxygen, the following changes take place in your body:
- Your swelling is reduced
- Your body functions are accelerated
- Your white blood cells work more efficiently
- Resistance to infection builds in your damaged tissues
- New blood vessels form faster
HBOT creates a surge of oxygen in your system and accelerates your natural healing process.
During the procedure, you are told to lay inside an oxygen chamber for around two hours per session. You may need approximately 20 treatments to get the exact results you’re looking for, however this varies for every individual based on their current health and the goals they have in mind.
Start Your Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Today
It goes without saying that oxygen is essential for optimal body health. Get in touch with our medical staff at the Comprehensive Accident Injury Center today to learn more about how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help you recover so you can enjoy a healthy and active life.
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