If you’re fighting a daily battle against a chronic and disruptive health condition, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may make a significant difference in the quality of your life. Dr. Eileen Comia, a board-certified physician who also specializes in integrative therapies at Advance Biomedical Treatment Center, offers men and women in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and the surrounding communities the many health benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Learn more about this natural, complementary therapy by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Q & A
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment method that involves breathing in pure oxygen from a tube or pressurized chamber. It’s often used to treat a scuba diving related condition known as decompression sickness. Physicians who specialize in integrative medicine, like Dr. Comia, provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy to patients of all ages as a complementary therapy for treating a variety of conditions.
What Conditions Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treat?
Some of the health conditions and illnesses that benefit from HBOT include:
- Diabetes wounds that don’t heal
- Serious infections
- Radiation injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Sudden vision or hearing loss
- Skin grafts
What are the Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
When you receive high concentrations of oxygen into your blood and tissues, it promotes new cell growth and regeneration, as well as new capillary growth. This is important in treating certain types of diseases and health conditions. Increasing oxygenation to your body also helps improve your immune system and detoxifies your system. Other benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:
- Decreased inflammation
- Increased ability to fight off infections
- Increased blood flow
- Clears toxins and metabolic waste from your body
- Accelerates healing
What Can I Expect During a Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment?
When you come to Advance Biomedical Treatment Center for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you can expect to be there for about an hour. You receive the pure oxygen through a mask, or from inside a chamber that looks like a clear plastic tube. The air pressure is 2-3 times higher than normal air pressure, so you may feel pressure in your ears, much like when you’re at high altitude on an airplane.
You can relieve the pressure in your ears by yawning or swallowing a few times. During most of the treatment, you can relax, read, or take a nap. For the last 10 minutes of your treatment, the air in the chamber slowly decompresses, and your ears may pop with the pressure change.
You may experience temporary drowsiness or dizziness during or after your hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment session. In most cases, any side effects go away without issue.
If you have any of the conditions that may benefit from HBOT as a complementary therapy alongside your other treatment protocol, call Advance Biomedical Treatment Center or schedule an appointment online today.