Air contains nearly 21% oxygen and more than 78% nitrogen. During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) the oxygen percentage breathed by the patient is increased to 100%, which is almost five times more than in air.
The pressure of the oxygen breathed by the patient in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is usually 2 to 3 times greater than atmospheric pressure. During HBO therapy the patient is breathing 10 to 15 times more oxygen than they would be when breathing air at normal pressure.
During treatment oxygen is breathed through the lungs, dissolved in the blood plasma, and transported around the body via the blood supply. Even where the blood supply is poor, the high levels of oxygen dissolved in the plasma provide significantly elevated levels. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing and growth.
Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. With repeated scheduled treatments, the temporary extra high oxygen levels encourage normal tissue oxygen levels, even after the therapy is completed.
The effects of the extra oxygen vary according to the type of tissue they reach.
To benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you'll likely need more than one session. The number of sessions you may need to notice a difference in your body is dependent on your physiological load, expectations and medical conditions.
It is advised to use multiple session to notice an improvement.
Professional athletes who are very in-tune to their bodies may notice a difference within 3-5 session while someone with chronic illness may take between 20-40 sessions.
On the therapy?
You will undergo your treatment of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy where our fully qualified staff monitors the results and observes potential indicators like ear pain and comfort level because the increase in air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears — similar to what you might feel in an airplane or at a high elevation. You can relief that feeling by yawning or swallowing.
Each oxygen therapy treatment will be no less than 1 hour and 15 minutes long, because it takes about 5 - 10 minutes to steadily decompress hyperbaric chambers.