Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & It’s Role in Combating Inflammation

By Joe Borlinha

September 1, 2015

O2Plus Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic

Posted In: Education, White Rock

Inflammation is becoming recognized as a primary factor in the development of a wide number of chronic disease conditions. A certain level of inflammatory response is needed to protect but if left unchecked, it can continue to wear down every organ in the body. This can lead to chronic diseases, especially in the heart, brain, and immune system.

There are two types of inflammation:
• The first is classic inflammation that is associated with pain, swelling, and redness. It is very obvious and calls for immediate intervention.
• The other type of inflammation is silent inflammation or silent pain that is far more insidious. It doesn’t generate the pain associated with classic inflammation and therefore goes untreated for years. We now know that this silent inflammation is the underlying cause of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Virtually every type of chronic disease has a significant inflammatory component as its underlying cause.

If silent inflammation is the underlying cause of chronic diseases that take years, if not decades to develop, then why not simply take anti-inflammatory drugs on a lifetime basis to quell excess inflammation? – Because these drugs generate side effects (osteoporosis and immune suppression) that then lead to further health issues.

What is required is a new approach to reducing inflammation without the side effects created by anti-inflammatory drugs. This can be achieved by the combined use of a low-glycemic-load diet and Hyperbaric oxygen Therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygenation (HBOT) therapy is a method of administering pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. Normally, oxygen is almost exclusively carried by red blood cells but during HBOT therapy, there is a substantial increase in the amount of oxygen dissolved and carried in all body fluids, including  cerebrospinal fluid, plasma, lymph, and intracellular fluids. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows the tissues to absorb more oxygen but at the same time causes constriction of blood vessels thus reducing inflammation.

The benefits of reducing inflammation via hyperbaric oxygen therapy are immediate, as well as long term. The injury heals more quickly, less pain is experienced, your joints feel better, and you have increased function where the injury occurred.  At the same time, when you reduce inflammation, you also reduce your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and improve your immune system and general health.