What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment that enhances your body’s natural healing processes. It consists of increased pressure and increased oxygen. Oxygen is integral for healing. HBOT can be used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, including stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue. There are several benefits to HBOT and minimal side effects. If you are curious about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, you’re in the right place. Dr. Harch is the world-renowned leading HBOT expert. If you are looking for treatment by the top doctor in HBOT, you have found it at Harch HBOT.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or as it is commonly referred to as, HBOT, is a specialized oxygen treatment that enhances your body’s natural healing process just by breathing 100% oxygen in a total body chamber where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. Both the increased pressure and the increased oxygen are bioactive and have independent, overlapping, and interactive effects on our body and disease processes. The increased oxygen at pressure allows extra oxygen to reach all of the damaged tissues and helps the body in the healing process. The combination of increased atmospheric pressure and increased oxygen in a total body chamber treats a wide variety of medical conditions, usually as part of an overall medical care plan.
What Are the Benefits of HBOT?
There are numerous benefits of HBOT. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy improves the quality of life for people in many areas in which standard medicine is not working.
There are many medical conditions that have responded well to HBOT, including strokes, cerebral palsy, head injuries, chronic fatigue, and wounds of many different causes.
Healing cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue and cells. Many illnesses and injuries fail to heal because of inadequate oxygen levels. Inflammation, swelling, and reduced blood flow all contribute to non-healing. This means adequate oxygen is unable to reach the damaged area. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy causes increased oxygen under pressure, which provides this extra oxygen to tissue and cells with minimal side effects.
New Cell Regeneration
HBOT encourages the formation of new collagen (connective tissue) and new skin cells. It does this by generating new blood vessel formation. It also stimulates cells to produce certain substances, like vascular endothelial growth factors. These attract and stimulate endothelial cells which are necessary for healing.
Helps With Anti-Aging
HBOT treats the cumulative wounds of life, or as it is called more frequently, aging.
Can HBOT Help You?
Yes, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help you. If your condition involves injury, wounding, loss of blood supply, or inflammation, we would be surprised if HBOT did not help you.
Based on how HBOT works, by treating disease processes that are common to many diseases, it is highly probable that HBOT could help you if you are dosed properly. Our specialty is proper dosing, and that is where Dr. Harch excels. If dosed properly, HBOT has an excellent chance of helping you or your loved one.
Common Questions About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
There are several common questions about hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We’ll answer them for you here.
What Is a Hyperbaric Chamber?
A hyperbaric chamber is a vessel that fully encloses the human body. In a full-body hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the air pressure is increased to allow your lungs to dissolve much more oxygen in your blood than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure outside the chamber. There are basically two different types of hyperbaric chambers: monoplace and multiplace. A monoplace chamber is designed to treat a single person and is generally pressurized with 100% oxygen. A multiplace chamber is designed to hold several people at one time and is generally pressurized with air. The oxygen is delivered to the patient through a mask or a hood.
What Does Oxygen Do for the Body?
Oxygen is known as the substrate of life. It is an integral part of the equation where our body burns fat, sugar, and protein to produce the energy that drives all body functions and keeps us alive. At normal temperatures on Earth, oxygen is 21% of the air we breathe and a gas that our body needs in order to work properly. Your cells need oxygen to make energy. Your body’s tissues require an adequate amount of oxygen to function. Your lungs allow oxygen to be dissolved from the air you breathe directly into your blood. When you are in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the increased air pressure helps your lungs move more oxygen in your blood. When your blood carries this extra oxygen throughout your body, it helps fight bacteria and stimulates growth factors and stem cells which promotes healing.
Can I Find Oxygen Therapy Near Me?
There are other doctors who offer oxygen therapy in the U.S., but Dr. Harch is the leading medical expert on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Our patients visit us for HBOT from all over the world. Dr. Harch has treated patients from more than 50 different countries.
What Are the Side Effects of Oxygen Therapy?
The side effects of oxygen therapy are minimal. The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. To minimize this risk, patients learn techniques to promote the adequate clearing of the ears during compression. In extremely rare circumstances, when all available techniques do not allow a patient to clear their ears, tubes can be inserted in the patient’s ears. Occasionally, some patients might experience changes in their vision during the treatment period, but this is usually only with high pressures of oxygen and long durations of treatment. When they occur, these changes are usually mild and temporary if the HBOT is discontinued or other accommodations are made. An extremely rare side effect is oxygen toxicity, which is caused by administering too much oxygen.
What Medical Conditions Does HBOT Help Treat?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can possibly be used for any condition that involves injury, wounding, loss of blood supply, or inflammation. Dr. Harch has treated more than 100 different conditions with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
These are just a few of the conditions that are frequently treated with HBOT:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Drowning and Anoxic Brain Injury
- Migraine Headache
- Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Plastic-Cosmetic Surgery
- Recovery from Surgery
- Sports Injuries and Sports Performance/Recovery
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- And many more
Please keep in mind that these are just a few examples of conditions that can benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. If you are suffering from a medical condition and you are unsure if HBOT can help you, contact us to find out if you are a good candidate.
HBOT With the Leading Expert
If you are ready to try using HBOT to cure what ails you, or to help a loved one, contact us at Harch HBOT today to set up a phone interview with Dr. Harch. Dr. Harch will determine if you or your family member are a good candidate for oxygen treatment.