Help for those who suffer with Chronic Medical Conditions
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen. This promotes natural healing for persons who suffer with chronic medical conditions. In the hyperbaric chamber the atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled and is used for a wide variety of treatments.
With normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With the hyperbaric oxygen therapy oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. With the hyperbaric therapy extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process which is great news for anyone suffering with a chronic medical condition. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. This is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.
CONDITIONS WHICH MAY BENEFIT FROM HYPERBARIC THERAPY INCLUDE:
Brain & Head Injury
Loss of Limb
Sleeping & Skin disorders
What are the side effects?
The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. To minimize this risk, patients learn techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression. occasionally some patients may experience changes in their vision during their treatment. These changes are usually minor and temporary. A rare side effect is oxygen toxicity which is caused by administering too much oxygen.
What information should you discuss with the technician prior to treatment?
If you have any cold or flu symptoms, fever, sinus or nasal congestion
If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant
If there has been a change in any of your medications
If you have skipped a meal prior to your treatment
If you are diabetic and did not take your insulin prior to your treatment
If you have any concerns or anxiety
How does hyperbaric therapy help brain injury or stroke?
When cells in the brain die, either from trauma or lack of oxygen, blood plasma leaks out into surrounding brain tissue causing swelling and reducing blood flow. These otherwise normal cells go dormant because they can't function without the appropriate amount of oxygen. Hyperbaric therapy dramatically increases the oxygen carried in the blood plasma, making oxygen available to heal damaged capillary walls, preventing plasma leakage and reducing swelling. As the swelling decreases, blood flow can be restored to the dormant tissue and these cells then have the potential to function again.
Insurance and Medicare consider coverage for several conditions so check to see if this is an available option prior to treatment. The above information is from www.hbot.com additional information is available at this site.
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