Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA). Increased pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve and saturate the blood plasma (independent of hemoglobin/red blood cells), which yields a broad variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. This noninvasive therapy is the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body. The typical treatment lasts for 90 minutes, during which the patient breathes normally.
HBOT has been demonstrated in several clinical studies to enhance the body’s innate ability to repair and regenerate. It is used as an adjunct therapy to complement and enhance the healing process in both chronic and acute conditions.
How it Works
Heightened air pressure within the hyperbaric oxygen chamber boosts the body’s ability to absorb higher concentrations of oxygen. In these conditions, your lungs gather more oxygen than would be otherwise possible when breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries the oxygen throughout your body, which then reduces inflammation and enhances a healthy immune system. The intense flow of oxygen fights bacteria and stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells, which are substances that promote healing.
Athens Hyperbaric Medicine is a specialized center with extensive experience in Hyperbaric and Diving Medicine since 2009.
Athens Hyperbaric Medicine is equipped with an ultra-modern, multi-user latest generation decompression chamber. Inhaling oxygen in a hyperbaric environment allows up to 20 times more dissolved oxygen in the blood plasma; this helps the body carry more oxygen to areas with affected perfusion, e.g. areas with swelling, inflammation, vascular and other problems.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy optimizes the action of the treatment, limiting the extent of damage and accelerating healing and recovery.
The first documented use of hyperbaric therapy occurred in 1662 when a British physician created an airtight chamber, called a ‘domicilium’, in which the atmosphere could be compressed and decompressed using oxygen bellows and valves.