Joplin MO Chiropractor Answers Frequently Asked Questions about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that optimizes the body’s natural healing process by creating an oxygen-rich environment.
HBOT is different from standard oxygen therapy, where a low concentration of oxygen trickles through plastic tubing placed in your nose or over your mouth. To undergo HBOT, you rest comfortably in a total body chamber where highly trained medical professionals administer 90 to 100 percent oxygen. These health workers also control atmospheric pressure. High atmospheric pressure pushes oxygen from the outside directly into your body.
Medical professionals prescribe hyperbaric oxygen therapy as part of an overall medical care plan to treat a variety of conditions.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
The cells of your body rely on oxygen to live and repair themselves. Oxygen speeds the healing process. Normally, red blood cells carry oxygen to all the cells of your body. This system works well when you are healthy but sometimes injuries heal slowly because damaged cells have to wait for slow delivery of oxygen.
The human body needs extra oxygen to repair tissues damaged from illness or injury. Extra oxygen helps white blood cells kill bacteria, reduces swelling and promotes the growth of new blood vessels in the affected area. Tissues that receive ample amounts of oxygen heal quickly as compared with tissues that do not get enough oxygen.
Many conditions can prevent tissues from getting the oxygen they need, including poor circulation, non-healing wounds and stroke. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by delivering oxygen directly to all your body tissues. HBOT brings oxygen to the damaged tissues, which helps the body heal itself.
What are the benefits of HBOT?
HBOT is simple, painless and non-invasive.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides the oxygen your body needs for proper healing, and HBOT does this naturally and with minimal side effects.
HBOT improves quality of life when other medicines fail. People that have suffered a stroke or head injury, have cerebral palsy, or experience chronic fatigue, may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
What conditions does HBOT treat?
- Acute and Chronic Anemia
- Alzheimer Disease
- Autism Spectrum Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Diabetic Wound Healing
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
- Hypoxic Birth Defects
- Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Near Drowning
- Parkinson's Disease
- Peripheral Vascular Disorders
- Post Polio Syndrome
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (CRPS)
- Shaken Baby Syndrome
- Sports Injuries (Sprains/Strains)
- Thermal Burns and Frost Bite
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Traumatic Head Injuries (Concussions)
- Sickle Cell
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Mitochondrial Cytopathies
While Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is not a panacea due to the large number of processes that occur in the human body that require oxygen, it is effective in treating many disease processes.
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If you have questions about hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or to learn if HBOT is right for you, contact Skaggs Chiropractic LLC. Our Joplin MO chiropractor is always glad to answer your questions. Schedule an appointment to visit our office, conveniently located at 1802 West 32nd St., Suite D in Joplin, MO. Call 417-624-4242.