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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been used around the world for nearly 50 years to treat illness and disease. It is a respected treatment which - in its simplest form - uses pure oxygen to speed and enhance the body's natural ability to heal. High dose oxygen therapy is approved by the American Medical Association, the FDA, Medicare and Medicaid, and most health insurance companies. Patients who may benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy most often suffer from diseases or injuries associated with hypoxia (or a lack of oxygen in the body's tissues). It is at this cellular tissue level where healing and regeneration takes place. The treatments are non-invasive (no needles or pills are involved), and painless. 

A patient undergoing treatment spends a prescribed amount of time sitting comfortably in a very special body-length chamber, where pure oxygen is administered and atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled under meticulous conditions. The dosage, which includes pressure, time and frequency of treatments, is suited to each patient's specific diagnosis, and has been prescribed as a recognized protocol by the top hyperbaric medicine experts in the world. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is based on simple concepts. The air we breathe has a small percentage of oxygen. Breathing 100% oxygen in a normal room increases that level of oxygen in the bloodstream by about 3% to 5%. However, breathing pure oxygen in an increased-pressure environment delivers twenty to thirty times that amount of oxygen to your body's tissues. This is especially important in tissues affected by poor circulation such as brain tissues damaged by stroke or head injury.

In order to provide patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, a pressurized environment is used. The patient is placed within a hyperbaric chamber, which is then pressurized to therapeutic levels. Trained hyperbaric medical staff will determine the pressure and the length of treatment based upon carefully studied and recommended protocols. 

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers can be found in the best hospitals around the world. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for all types of injuries or illnesses which have been shown to respond well to high levels of oxygen administration.

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