Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), describes the use of 100% oxygen at higher than normal pressures in order to speed up the recovery from certain injuries and to improve the body’s ability to heal from a variety of conditions.

The helpfulness of HBOT lies in its ability to produce much greater amounts of oxygen in the tissues of the body. The increase in pressure of oxygen with HBOT is a lot higher than breathing pure oxygen at normal pressure and up to 15 times higher than breathing air. It is this increased saturation of oxygen in our body tissues that can accelerate the natural healing process.

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The use of HBOT around the world is rapidly becoming more popular as the benefits are better understood and research is carried out on new applications.

The World leader for HBOT research is here: http://hbot.com/

For example HBOT may:

  • promote the growth of new blood vessels

  • decrease swelling and inflammation

  • assist in the recovery from certain injuries

  • improve healing, e.g., for chronic ulcers, burns, post-surgical wounds & bone repair

  • help to overcome certain toxins

  • increase the body’s ability to fight various infections

  • be used to complement other therapies and treatments

an example of a hyperbarric chamber