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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Most of the human body is made up of water, H2O, with cells consisting of 65-90% water by weight. Therefore, most of a human body's mass is oxygen. Carbon, the basic unit for organic molecules, comes in second. 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of just six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.

The process of oxygenating the human body works like this: When a person breathes, there is an exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen. The oxygen is taken in by the body from the atmosphere around us, picked up by the hemoglobin in the blood and distributed to all of the body's seven trillion cells, where among other things, it is used for another vital process called oxidation.

Any form of stress can cause oxygen deficiency. Stress due to chemical toxicity leads to a reduction in oxygen. The body attempts to detoxify itself by oxidizing accumulated toxins. Emotional stress produces adrenaline and adrenaline-related hormones, requiring the body to draw down its' oxygen reserves for their production and eventual oxidation. Infection also depletes the body of oxygen which it uses to combat bacteria.

A chronically acidic system is practically a "given" for most people in today's society. It also causes the body to draw down its' precious oxygen reserves. The doctors at Patients Medical believe this often leads to a vicious cycle of toxin accumulation and oxygen depletion, which eventually results in serious illness and disease.

Oxygen is the most vital ingredient to health and vitality. Since our bodies need oxygen to live, it is natural that the quality and quantity of oxygen should largely affect our beauty and health. Oxygen energizes cells, helping them regenerate, and it combines with other substances in the body, a process known as oxidation, to destroy excess or toxic materials which devastate bodily functions and deplete the body of life-giving energy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy removes the normal biological limitations of oxygen delivery by taking advantage of the changes that gases undergo at high pressures. At hyperbaric (higher than atmospheric) pressures, gases can accumulate at higher concentrations and dissolve more readily in liquids. This means that in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a patient’s exposure to 100% oxygen can fully infuse their tissues with oxygen. The oxygen will not only saturate the red blood cells, it will also dissolve in the plasma, lymph system, and cerebrospinal fluid.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the most efficient methods of delivering oxygen to cells throughout the body. A specially designed chamber delivers pressurized oxygen to the body in a safe and painless way. When you breathe oxygen while relaxing inside a HBOT chamber, all of your tissues and organs have a massive infusion of oxygen resulting in remarkable benefits that cannot be achieved by any other therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Procedures

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient rests within a pressurized chamber. As they lie inside, the pressure is slowly increased to between 1.4 and 3 times normal atmospheric pressure, depending on the particular protocol. Oxygen is also pumped into the chamber, accumulating at higher concentrations thanks to the increased pressures. Both the pressurization and increased concentrations allow the oxygen to dissolve more readily in the blood, lymph system, and the cerebrospinal fluid that nourishes the brain and spinal cord. This increases the potential for greater oxygenation of tissues that may have a poor blood supply.

Typically, the treatments last about an hour, during which the patient can read, relax, watch television, or listen to music. Initially, there may be sensations of pressure in the ears, very similar to those experienced during plane takeoffs and landings. Once the body adapts, the patient can rest comfortably during the treatment. Should the patient experience any unusual pains or need the chamber temperature adjusted, an experienced doctor or clinician will always be standing by, available to help. Again, some ear “popping” may occur as the pressure is released at the end of the session.

The state of the patient’s condition will be carefully noted before and after treatments so that progress can be monitored. If HBOT is being administered to facilitate wound healing, dressings are changed regularly, either before or after the treatment. The number of HBOT sessions recommended varies on the patient’s particular condition and how quickly they show progress toward healing and recovery.

Next Steps:

While you may find this medical information useful, as the next step we strongly recommend that you make an appointment to see one of our physicians to ensure that your health issues are properly addressed.

To schedule an appointment with our physicians, please call our patient coordinator at 1-212-679-9667, send the form below or an email to: info@patientsmedical.com. We are currently accepting new patients and look forward to being of assistance.

We are located at: Patients Medical PC, 800 Second Avenue, Suite 900 (Between 42nd & 43rd Street), Manhattan, NYC, New York, NY 10017.

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Article Last Updated: 08/26/2015