Hyperbaric medicine is a medical treatment in which the medical use of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure to increase the availability of oxygen in the body. The therapeutic result of hyperbaric oxygen stems from multiple effects. This is achieved by an increase in the oxygen transport capacity of the blood. As pressure increases, oxygen saturation and transport by plasma is achieved.
The result is an improved capillary transfer mechanism and better overall availability of oxygen, which produces potent anti-inflammatory effects in the tissues.
In the United States, the following indications are approved uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Radiation injury and wound healing
- Neurological rehabilitation, injury repair
- Auto immune conditions
- Migraines & headaches
One study even suggests that exposure to hyperbaric oxygen might also mobilize stem/progenitor cells from the bone marrow by a nitric oxide-dependent mechanism. In the end, this leads to a healthier, more vibrant YOU!