Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment that boosts the body’s natural healing process through the inhalation of 100% oxygen inside a full-body chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, serious infections, and air bubbles in the bloodstream. It is also effective in treating wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation.
Normally, oxygen is transported throughout the body by red blood cells. However, in the conditions of the oxygen chamber, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids – this includes plasma, nervous system fluids, the lymph, and even the bone. Through this process, oxygen reaches places where circulation is blocked. This distribution of oxygen to vital areas enhances white blood cell activity, boosting the body’s ability to heal itself.
When Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Appropriate?
According to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee, many conditions are effectively treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Aside from the conditions mentioned in the previous section, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is appropriate in treating conditions caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, in treating intravenous gas bubbles, and treating clostridial myonecrosis, also known as “gas gangrene.” Any condition that affects the body’s tissues will benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Other conditions addressed by hyperbaric oxygen therapy include Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy, migraine headaches, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and sports injuries. Check our website for a full list of conditions. Aside from these conditions, the therapy promotes general wellness and body function.
How Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Performed?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is performed in a clear acrylic oxygen chamber, which allows our staff to closely monitor the patient and the patient to see outside. While inhaling oxygen in the chamber, the patient may watch a movie, listen to music, or simply rest. The patient may communicate with the technician at any time via intercom.
What Are the Side Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses. This is caused by the change in pressure. To minimize the risk of barotrauma, tubes may be inserted into the patient’s ears. Patients will also learn techniques to equalize the pressure in their ears. Rarely, patients experience changes in vision during and after the treatment period. These changes are minor, and typically do not last long.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are interested in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, schedule a consultation today. We will discuss your condition and medical history to determine if it is the right fit for you. At Bellevue Center for Wellness and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, we are proud to serve Nashville and the surrounding area. We also offer cupping and infrared medicine services. To discuss the possibilities further, call us at (615) 662-0000 or request an appointment online.