What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Amen Clinics uses the power of oxygen to create a healing environment for your body. HBOT benefits a variety of conditions by speeding up the healing process, reducing inflammation and killing bacteria, among other benefits.
What is Involved in HBOT Therapy?
During HBOT, the patient lies down in a soft chamber where the air pressure is 1.3 times greater than normal air pressure. This pressurization allows the lungs to gather more oxygen because of increased pressure in the blood vessels, allowing oxygen to be pushed deeper into the tissues throughout the body. This can increase production of growth factors and stem cells, which promotes healing.
HBOT supports the white blood cells’ ability to fight infection, helps the body build new connective tissue, and may kill certain types of harmful bacteria.
While HBOT is often used for healing the body, it can also be effective in helping the brain:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injuries caused by physical trauma and sports-related activities are a major concern for your brain health. HBOT has been shown to reduce inflammation and the effects of hypoxia (lack of oxygen). HBOT may also increase blood circulation to underactive portions of the brain – this enhances recovery, accelerates healing, and improves SPECT brain imaging results. Dr. Amen published a study on soldiers returning from war who had TBI where HBOT was shown to be significantly helpful in improving brain blood flow and memory scores.
For TBI patients, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help by:
- Supporting the growth of new neurons
- Stimulating neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to change, adapt, and grow
- Improving cognitive function
Support Your Memory
There is evidence that HBOT may slow the progression of serious memory problems by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
HBOT treatments have had success in improving cognitive and behavioral functions in autistic spectrum patients by compensating for decreased blood flow in affected areas of the brain, as well as reducing inflammation.
For autistic spectrum patients, HBOT has been shown to:
- Improve cognitive awareness
- Improve sensory awareness
- Improve sleep
- Reduce aggression
- Advance interpersonal interactions
Additional Uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Treatment for sports injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Decompression sickness (“the bends”)
- Diabetic ulcers and complications
- Non-healing wounds
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-surgical healing
Please note that HBOT is most helpful when used in combination with other therapies. Contact Amen Clinics today online or call (888) 288-9834 to schedule an appointment to learn if HBOT may be the alternative treatment for you.