Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, typically in more than one atmosphere. The process creates a gradient that allows oxygen to dissolve and saturate the blood plasma. This stimulation results in a vast number of positive effects at the cellular level that enhance and repair biochemical and physiologic responses.
The concept is not new, but it has come a long way in recent years. Although the information and related research dates back to the 1600’s, the process is still used in deep sea diving. Today, health professionals also realize the tremendous benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and it is used to treat a large number of medical conditions. By using an elevated, pressurized environment, oxygen molecules decrease in size, creating a hyperoxygen concentration that effectively increases the ability of oxygen to diffuse into the blood plasma, reaching all tissues of the body.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been demonstrated in clinical studies to enhance the body’s natural physiologic responses to repair and regenerate by increasing oxygen levels to all tissues and cells. As a person breathes normally and comfortably inside a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber, the amount of oxygen molecules that are delivered throughout the body increases exponentially. This increased amount of oxygen in the body helps to enhance the body’s natural healing capabilities and its ability to fight inflammation.
A state of hyperoxygenation within the plasma allows for increased delivery within the cerebrospinal fluid (fluid that encompasses our brain and spinal nerves) and lymphatic system to promote a healing response to damaged tissues. By increasing oxygen from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, the body also responds with the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and collagen (connective tissue) that can be impaired by new injuries or dysfunctional from chronic diseases.
Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy can enhance antimicrobial activity (bacteriostasis) to reduce or even eliminate the effects of toxic substance on impaired tissues. Ultimately, HBOT will treat most any chronic disease process and conditions that lead to damaged tissues. Oxygen deprivation can compound negative health conditions, but by returning optimal levels of oxygen throughout the body through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, normal functions and homeostasis can resume.
The mild hyperbaric chamber is designed to deliver oxygen at a pressure of about 1.5 ATA (atmospheric pressure). At sea level, or 1.0 ATA, atmospheric pressure is 14.7 pounds per square inch. The chamber is a 60-inch vertical unit that allows individuals up to 6 feet tall to stand, sit, exercise or meditate during a dive session. This unit may also accommodate two people if desired.
Our professional staff at Reflexion Medical Rejuvenation will be able to individualize treatments, lasting 45 to 60 minutes per session, and help design a tailored treatment protocol depending on desired results, current diseases or illnesses.