By Joe Borlinha
September 15, 2015
Posted In: Education, White Rock
The body normally delivers oxygen to the tissues by the red blood cells in the blood. But by breathing oxygen under pressure (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy) oxygen is dissolved into all the bodily fluids, thus the cerebral fluid, spinal fluid, lymph fluid, intracellular fluid and the blood plasma all absorb high levels of oxygen. This increases oxygen levels to all the body tissue including areas with poor or compromised blood supply.
Increasing tissue oxygen levels produces important therapeutic healing benefits including:
1. Reduced Inflammation – Faster Healing
Inflammation following a injury or surgery is very destructive. Swelling at the site of the injury interrupts blood flow, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the wounded area. This sets off a chain of events that delays the healing of the injury or leads to tissue damage and loss of function. Until the body can decrease or eliminate the inflammation, the oxygen deprived tissues are slow to heal or cannot heal.
Hyperbaric oxygen causes controlled blood flow but increases the oxygen dissolved in the tissues and dramatically reduces the inflammation.
2. Reduced Scar tissue
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the oxygen levels to the injured or surgical area that is required for tissue regeneration thus reducing scar tissue formation. Injuries and surgery to tissues with a poor vascular supply heal poorly and slowly.
3. Increase tissue strength
Collagen production is closely related to oxygen availability and cannot proceed without the presence of oxygen thus the increased oxygen levels maximize the tissue strength during repair and development.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the potential to heal 40% faster and more thorough and some studies show, if used in conjunction with physiotherapy, recovery time is reduced by 70%.
Health Canada recognizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for 13 different medical conditions but the therapy is used for over 100 conditions worldwide, ranging from stroke recovery, circulatory disorders, heart disease, infections and all forms of healing. All conditions have one thing in common: the affected areas are not getting enough life-sustaining oxygen.
The sooner the therapy occurs after an injury the greater chance of a full recovery