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What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Imagine your doctor telling you that in order to help treat your condition, you could climb into a chamber where the air pressure is higher than the atmospheric norm and by doing so you could potentially increase blood flow, boost tissue repair, and even shorten recovery time. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been medically approved to treat fourteen conditions, ranging from decompression sickness (the bends) and air embolisms to carbon monoxide poisoning and acute burn injuries. HBOT may seem like it comes from a science fiction movie, but The American Hyperbaric Center in Daphne, Alabama uses it to treat sports injuries, cancer, Autism, and many more medical conditions.

HBOT is an increasingly popular form of treatment for sports-related injuries. During treatment, white blood cell activity is increased in the area impacted by the injury, which can help decrease the chances of infection. Swelling is also reduced due to decreased blood flow in the affected areas while tissue repair is boosted through the surplus oxygen that’s inhaled. Fox Sports News reported on Alvaro Bautista, a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle racer, in 2011 and how after breaking his femur, HBOT was able to cut his 12-week recovery time in half. The recovery time of ligament injuries on several English football teams was cut by 33% when using HBOT.

HBOT treatment of current cancer patients has been seen as a risk until recently. Since cancers thrive in a blood-rich environment, and HBOT treatment increases blood flow, traditional treatment centers would not use Hyperbaric oxygen therapy; that, however, is changing. Recent studies by both Feldmier, et al. and Thom, et al. show that high levels of oxygen, when combined with an anti-angiogenic supplement, is able to produce beneficial stem and progenitor cells while not accelerating the malignant process of the cancer cells. Hypoxia – a condition in which part of the body does not receive an adequate amount of oxygen – is a hallmark of solid, cancerous tumors, and HBOT can increase oxygen levels in areas that are deprived.

As the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, it is estimated that anywhere between 1 to 1.5 million Americans have some form of Autism. The cause of this spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Rett’s Disorder, is still unknown but theories from medical professionals range from fevers and infections to hypoxia and abnormal blood flow. With the source of Autism unknown, treatment has been difficult, but researchers are investigating HBOT and seeing promising results. HBOT is currently used around the world to treat Autism because it can increase blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain, in turn stimulating cerebral tissue repair.

The American Hyperbaric Center also treats a wide variety of other conditions, such as cerebral palsy, PTSD, and Lyme Disease. With a firm belief in giving the human body what it needs, the doctors and staff of American Hyperbaric Center are dedicated to the latest research and treatment regimens to provide promising results for you and your family. To learn more, visit their website or call them at 251-210-1496.