Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Detoxing in the New Year
The best way to reset your body and mind for the new year is through detoxing, and one of our favorite methods is with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, also known as HBOT. In our comfortable hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.
There are many benefits to HBOT treatment, including
- Increased oxygenation to the body’s tissues
- Increased blood flow and circulation
- Boost of white blood cell counts
- Enhanced effectiveness of antibiotics
- Reduced swelling and pain
There are many health conditions that can be addressed with hyperbaric oxygen therapy including decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, thermal burn injury, crush injury, compromised skin graft, severe anemia, and many more. Depending on what is being addressed, several sessions may be recommended.
The body's tissues need oxygen to function, and additional oxygen can help damaged tissue heal. Oxygen at high pressure can enhance tissue function and fight infection by improving the ability of white blood cells to find and disable toxins of certain bacteria. For patients who follow the recommended treatments, hyperbaric oxygen therapy will speed up the healing process by three to five times. HBOT can increase circulation and oxygenation, allowing the oxygen to build and encourage new blood vessel formation, as well as triggering collagen growth, which leads to healing.
Higher oxygen concentrations can benefit the body in all aspects, which is why we frequently pair this therapy with our dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation, and laser treatments to ease discomfort and promote accelerated healing time.
Many people wonder if breathing through an oxygen mask in a normal room will have the same benefits as HBOT, and the answer is no. While breathing through a mask in a room with normal air pressure will increase the oxygen concentration carried by the hemoglobin of the red blood cells, the HBOT provides additional effects. Breathing pressurized oxygen activates the body’s ability to carry oxygen in the plasma, and the combined effect on the red blood cells of carrying more oxygen and dissolved oxygen in the plasma is significant.
What to Expect
We encourage patients to wear something comfortable for their treatment in the chamber, and you will remove your shoes. You are welcome to listen to music as it promotes relaxation. You will be placed into the chamber and given a mask or nasal cannula to receive the oxygen, and a blanket for your comfort.
We will seal the chamber and begin to slowly pressurize the chamber. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure in the chamber is about two to three times normal air pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears — similar to what you might feel in an airplane or at a high elevation. You can relieve that feeling by yawning or swallowing.
Your session will last approximately 55 minutes, at which point one of our staff members will begin to slowly depressurize the chamber. Once pressure has stabilized, we will help you out of the chamber.