We're all concerned about our health, feeling good and having lots of energy. Everyone knows that we must have oxygen in order to live. Now oxygen is being recognized as a "new" healing therapy. According to Oxygen Therapy: The First 150 Years
, "Supplemental or 'extra' oxygen is one of the most widely used therapies for people admitted to the hospital." Going one step further, Hyperbaric Oxygenation
is being used as a supplement to conventional treatments of all kinds of diseases and medical conditions: breast cancer
, asthma, cerebral palsy
, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, headaches, multiple sclerosis, wound healing and stroke, just to name a few. People are using it to help themselves heal faster from surgeries and injuries.
"Hyper" means increased and "baric" relates to pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy(HBOT) refers to intermittent treatment of the entire body with oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressures. As Dr. Cranton explains: "This increased pressure, combined with an increase in oxygen, dissolves oxygen in to the blood and in all body tissues and fluids at up to 20 times normal concentration-high enough to sustain life with no blood at all."
You've probably heard about Michael Jackson's use of a Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I remember reading that he slept in an oxygen chamber. Many athletics can't afford to be sidelined for very long in their sport and need to recover as quickly as possible from any injuries. Professional athletes, like Lance Armstrong, own their on Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber and get back on their feet quicker than those who don't.
In Dr. Morton Walker's book Hyperbaric OxygenTherapy, he says:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is known to reverse the effects of strokes and head injuries. It has helped damaged tissues, fights infections and diseases. HBOT uses pressurized oxygen administered in special chambers, It has been used for years to treat divers with the bends. As time has gone on, doctors have discovered other applications for this remarkable treatment.
There are two different kinds of chambers--a monoplace chamber with an acrylic shell that holds one person in a supine position. The other type of chamber is multiplace and can hold from 2-10 people. You can usually sit up in these big chambers. For more information, see The History of Hyperbaric Chambers and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.