What You Need to Know About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Written by Channel 11 Houston on January 10, 2014. Posted in Hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy wound healing, Radiation necrosis brain

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber

A sizable portion of the United States population currently suffers from CRPS, or complex regional pain syndrome. Because of this condition, individuals often experience prolonged throbbing pains in the arms or legs. In the past, people who’ve suffered from CRPS have had to endure the physical pain and vast discomfort of their disease because of a lack of appropriate treatment options. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has become a viable remedy to ease the suffering of those affected by CRPS, which is also referred to as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or RSD.

What do these hyperbaric oxygen chambers do?

As humans, we’re constantly breathing in the air around us because we need oxygen to survive. But the atmospheric air is actually made up of several different gases (including nitrogen, argon, neon and others) and is really only about 20% oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers allow patients to breathe pure oxygen at a much higher rate than what’s normally found in the air around us.

This has a number of potential health benefits, which is why it’s becoming so widely used for RSD treatments. These special chambers can help increase the oxygen pressure on different parts of the body and transport more oxygen throughout the body, leading to less pain. And less pain typically means happier, healthier patients.

What are these hyperbaric oxygen treatments used for?

We mentioned using hyperbaric chambers for RSD disease treatments, but it can also be used in combating the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, compartment syndrome, chronic Lyme disease as well as decompression sickness (also known as “the bends”). Additionally, some studies suggest that this kind of oxygen treatment can help ease potential delayed bone injury that can sometimes be caused by cancer-fighting radiation. It all depends on the illness and it all depends on the individual.

How do these hyperbaric oxygen treatments work, exactly?

Whether they’re being used for RSD treatments, the bends or some other kind of illness or injury, these chambers are all relatively similar. They can be either single-person units or group chambers that hold multiple patients, and the oxygen pressure inside them is gradually raised until it’s at about three times the normal atmospheric levels. It’s because of this highly pressurized oxygen that the treatments have such high potential for healing. For more information, get in touch with your doctor or health care professional. Good references here.

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