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.