The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurised room or tube. In a high-pressure chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure and in mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy the air pressure is increased to 1.3 times normal.

HBOT allows your lungs to absorb more oxygen than would be possible at normal air pressure. Bringing more oxygen into the bloodstream can enhance healing for people with a number of conditions.

Mild pressure HBOT is used for:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Mild anaemia
  • Slow healing wounds or ulcers
  • Dry eye and mouth syndrome
  • Preparation for competitive sports to improve performance
  • Healing of sports injuries
  • Anti-ageing effects of oxygen
  • Improved oxygenation of the lungs
  • Sleep apnoea induced fatigue

High pressure HBOT is used for:

  • Decompression sickness, experienced by divers and pilots
  • Crush injuries
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Arterial insufficiencies
  • Severe anaemia
  • Thermal burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Some brain and sinus infections
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Osteomyelitis (bacterial infection in the bones)
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotising soft tissue infections
  • Radiation injury
  • Skin grafts
  • Deafness, sudden
  • Non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic ulcer or ulcers caused by peripheral vascular disease
  • Vision loss, sudden and painless
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