What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a procedure that involves inhaling pure oxygen to treat certain types of illnesses. This type of therapy can also be used to enhance performance in specific areas (like athletics). 

A hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber has up to three times the air pressure as a normal environment. 

Originally, this kind of treatment was used to treat scuba and deep-sea divers who got decompression sickness. In recent years, HBOT has been expanded to treat many other conditions as well. 

Here at Lakewood Natural Medicine, our holistic clinic offers several natural treatment solutions for illnesses and conditions faced by our patients. We want to help each person who walks through our clinic doors find long-term healing and complete wellness, and we do this by truly understanding the conditions facing our patients.

Continue reading to learn more about the conditions that hyperbaric oxygen therapy treats, or get in touch with Lakewood Natural Medicine to schedule a consultation with our holistic doctor.  

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used For?

HBOT treatment has been used to improve symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Strokes 
  • Near drowning accidents 
  • Chronic migraines
  • Decompression sickness 
  • As sports injury treatment
  • Concussions or TBIs
  • Hypoxic birth defects 
  • HBOT wound healing (often for diabetic wounds)
  • Enhanced athletic performance 
  • Injury therapy
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning 

Types of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers

There are two primary types of hyperbaric oxygen chambers, these are detailed below.

  • Monoplace chamber. This type of hyperbaric chamber is meant for a single occupant and resembles a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine with its long, tubular shape. 
  • Multiplace chamber. This oxygen chamber is designed to treat multiple people at once with each patient breathing through a mask while inside the chamber. 

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Five of the commonly reported benefits include: 

  1. Decreased swelling 
  2. Increased tissue growth 
  3. Increased antibacterial activity
  4. Maximizing the effectiveness of antibiotics 
  5. Stimulation of growth factors
  6. Increased Angiogenesis

Are There Any Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Side Effects? 

While not necessarily common, possible side effects could include: 

  • Ear popping 
  • Sinus damage 
  • Fluid buildup or even a rupture in the ear
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nearsightedness 
  • Oxygen poisoning or lung damage
  • Low blood sugar

Due to the potential for side effects, those undergoing HBOT treatment are advised to take short breaks during the procedure to ensure that they’re safe. 

Where To Get Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 

If you have a condition that you think could be improved through HBOT treatment, get in touch with Lakewood Natural Medicine today. 

At our naturopathic health clinic, we focus on holistic solutions to help our patients find the best remedy for their condition. Our naturopath, Dr. Young, is passionate about restoring total health and mobility to his patients, and he does this through his holistic approach.

Contact Lakewood Natural Medicine today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Young to discuss your hyperbaric oxygen therapy needs, questions, or concerns.  

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