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Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Disease, injury and aging result in areas of low oxygen tension. One method of correcting this deficiency is to breathe pure oxygen under pressure.

HBOT assists the treatment of conditions such as thermal burns, bone and tissue radiation burns from cancer therapy, air/gas embolism, scuba diving injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning/smoke inhalation, gas gangrene, crush injuries, necrotizing [premature death of cells], soft tissue infections (flesh-eating disease), compartment syndrome, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and enhanced healing in diabetic wounds. 

HBOT has given hope to many individuals who have exhausted all other treatment alternatives. HBOT when operated by qualified and trained technicians, is an extremely safe, non-invasive, and effective treatment. Used in combination with other therapies, HBOT can enhance the benefits of other therapies including drug therapy.

Oxygen is a key element to life and healing.
Without oxygen for a few minutes, the brain dies. Under pressure, oxygen saturates the red blood cells and dissolves up to fifteen times the amount of oxygen in the blood plasma, transporting oxygen deeper into the body via the lymph, intestinal fluid and cerebrospinal fluid. The increased oxygen stimulates growth and repair processes. 
What is HBOT?
A Registered Nurse From Brisbane Talks About HBOT

Effects Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy On:

1. Anti Aging & Health Management

Anti Aging and Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyHBOT improves circulation, reduces swelling, enhances and balances the body’s immunity, and aids in the production of growth factors. Stroke, diabetes, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s induced dementia which is related to vascular problems are all helped. HBOT helps the mitochondria burn fuel more efficiently and helps the cells produce beneficial proteins. HBOT improves the circulatory system enabling the oxygen in the blood to be distributed more freely.

As one ages, the body’s ability to produce natural antioxidants and hormones is reduced. This along with the lung’s declining ability to absorb oxygen (down 40% - 60%) can contribute to chronic conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis and dementia.

HBOT may improve:
1. Cellular metabolism
2. Immune system
3. Bone health
4. Mental alertness
5. Platelet function
6. Circulation
7. Inflammation
8. Edema

2. Childhood Epilepsy and Autism

Mechanism of treatment of childhood epilepsy and autism with HBOT:
HBOT can improve the cerebral circulation, provide more oxygen to the brain, and reduce edema. HBOT also promotes the energy metabolism of cerebral cells and improves the recovery of epileptic foci.

Improving the mental disability caused by epilepsy in children:
Epilepsy often impairs the children's intelligence and personality; HBOT can not only control the attacks of epilepsy but also prevent the occurrence of intelligence impairment and abnormal personality, decreasing the likelihood of mental disability for children with epilepsy.

The treatment process:
If the cause of the epilepsy is known then it is easier to predict the results of HBOT treatment. For instance, brain damage that resulted due to birth delivery tends to see particularly beneficial results from HBOT therapy. As for the period of treatment, most patients need 2-3 years. An HBOT course consists of between fifteen and twenty days of treatment. Two to three courses a year may be required for the more severe cases.

3. Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy and Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyCerebral Palsy is a brain injury often associated with premature birth, poor circulation and low oxygen tension. This condition can manifest itself by a delay in physical development with high muscle tone (spasticity/hypertonia), low muscle tone (hypotonia), or both. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can help these complications by increasing the amount of oxygen dissolved in the plasma.

Improvements observed from pre to post evaluation in most children include alertness, concentration, quality of sleep, and ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally. Other improvements include significant reduction in spasticity in the hip adductors, hamstrings, ankle plantar flexors, sitting and balance in walking.


4. RSD, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Sudeck's Syndrome

CRPS is a disease of the small nerve fibres which control blood flow and certain kinds of sensations. This condition can be quite debilitating, putting people in wheel chairs and forcing the use of dangerous medications.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is referred to by several other names:
• Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome - RSDS
• Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
• Shoulder-Hand Syndrome
• Causalgia
• Sudeck's Atrophy

Symptoms of RSD
RSD usually affects one of the extremities (arms, legs, hands, or feet). The primary symptom of RSD is intense, continuous pain. According to NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke), the list of symptoms includes:

• burning pain
• increased skin sensitivity
• skin temperature changes (warmer or cooler than opposing extremity)
• skin color changes (blotchy, purple, pale, red)
• skin texture changes (shiny, thin, sweaty)
• changes in nail and hair growth patterns
• stiffness and swelling in affected joints
• decreased ability to move affected extremity

HBOT enables the healing of these fibres and if given within a short time of the onset of the condition can return people to an employable condition.


5. Complications from Diabetes (peripheral neuropathy, non healing wounds)

Diabetes can after a number of years destroy peripheral nerve fibres and reduce peripheral circulation to the extent that wounds will not heal and damage to the extremities may not be sensed. HBOT can reverse much of this damage and prevent amputations of the affected limbs.


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