What is Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases the level of oxygen (O2) in the cells and has been proven to regenerate and restore healthy tissue. The fundamental cause of tissue degeneration is lack of oxygen caused by stress, illness, disease or injury. Every cell in the body needs oxygen to complete the metabolic processes that give us life energy. Oxygen gives athletes stamina, helps heal injuries faster and protects us from environmental toxins.
Traditionally the use of hyperbaric chambers has been restricted to large hospitals and at substantial cost. However with the relatively recent advent of portable chambers, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is now both affordable and convenient and suitable for all ages from children to the elderly.
Mild hyperbaric chambers are pressurised enclosures that allow the person inside to experience greater than normal atmospheric pressures. The pressure, combined with ambient air purified to 89-93% forces the oxygen to dissolve into the body’s fluids and travel to areas of the body otherwise difficult to reach. The dissolved oxygen saturates the plasma, the lymph, the synovial (joint) fluid and the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy activates the white blood cells to fight infection, promoting resistance to infection, as well as wound healing. It also helps to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.