While a hyperbaric chamber sounds futuristic, the first documented use happened in 1662. Even more remarkably, the physician who developed the airtight chamber did so before anyone discovered oxygen.
But there must have been something to his discovery because, in 1891, Dr. J. Leonard Corning built the first one in the U.S.
Most people are unaware of what it does or what the hyperbaric benefits are. If you’ve been considering hyperbaric oxygen therapy for your medical condition, keep reading.
We’re sharing with you everything you need to know about what to expect from an oxygen chamber.
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Works
The chamber uses 100% pressurized oxygen which is what you would experience if you were 33 to 45 feet below sea level. The air we breathe only is around 21% oxygen.
When a person is inside the chamber they’re receiving 200% to 240% oxygen.
This is done so that the pressure allows more oxygen to dissolve into the plasma which is increased by 10 to 20 times more than normal.
Hyperbaric Chamber Benefits
There are many benefits to increasing the levels of oxygen. It also treats a wide variety of injuries and diseases from Parkinson’s disease to depression to sports injuries.
Shortens Recovery and Healing Times
Thanks to the increased boost in oxygen that’s absorbed into the bloodstream, it helps get oxygen to places in the body that don’t always receive enough oxygen. Those oxygen-deprived areas can end up with inflammation.
The oxygen pushes the inflammation out allowing the tissue to revive thanks to the fresh delivery of blood received through the vascular system. This helps speed up recovery times due to athletics and/or wounds.
Improves Condition of Skin
Hyperbaric chambers are also great for your skin. It’s known to improve elasticity and leave patients with glowing skin.
It’s also known to:
- Regulate acne
- Reduce scars
- Age spots
- Sagging skin
That’s because the oxygen feeds cells and stimulates blood flow. That helps strengthen the collagen structure while detoxifying your skin.
Eases Certain Types of Pain
It also helps lessen the inflammatory response in patients suffering from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Because it lessens inflammation, pain and swelling are reduced.
May Fight Radiation Sickness
Hyperbaric chambers help to repair the vascular system and improve vascular delivery. Which is why it also plays a key role in helping tissue to recover from radiation sickness.
Radiation often damages sensitive cells past the point of recovery. If that happens, sensitive organs are left with less strength.
More bodily resources can help the healing process along when a repaired vascular system is coupled with higher concentrations of oxygen.
Oxygen chamber therapy also is known to help improve the following:
- Brain function
There is growing evidence that oxygen therapy can help those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers.
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