Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy > What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the use of prescribed high pressure oxygen to help treat a variety of health conditions and diseases. Each cell in the body needs oxygen to preserve, repair, and enhance cellular function. Breathing 100% oxygen under pressures greater than sea level does the following:
- Increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood, enabling the oxygen to be dissolved into the hard-to-reach plasma, lymph, and cerebrospinal fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord, providing a greater opportunity for healing
- Stimulate the growth of new blood vessels to locations in the body with reduced circulation
- Reduce swelling, decrease inflammation, strengthen the immune system, stimulate the release of stem cells
- Create an adaptive increase in superoxide dismutase, one of the body’s antioxidants and free radical scavengers, promoting the ability of white blood cells to fight disease and infection