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11 Surprising Benefits & Innovative Uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

August 10, 2018

Urban Wellness Group in Portland is a leading provider of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in Oregon. We’ve been working hard to increase awareness of this revolutionary treatment and its benefits. In today’s post we’ll review 11 benefits and the most innovative and effective uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. You’ll learn how HBOT can help you, the conditions it can treat, and much more.

Let’s get started!


1. Reduce swelling and inflammation

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy creates an oxygen-rich environment. This increases blood flow and brings much needed oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to swollen and inflammed tissues. Studies show HBOT offers marked improvements in patients suffering from serious inflammation and swelling, particularly in the extremities.


2. Boost immune system function

The high-oxygen environment of an HBOT chamber can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your body’s natural immune response. Laboratory trials have shown the ability of HBOT to reduce autoimmune symptoms like erythema and lymphadenopathy.


HBOT may be a great choice for those suffering from autoimmune disorders or reduced immune system function. Ask a physician at Urban Wellness Group if HBOT is right for you!


3. Play an important role in treating cancer

Nearly 40% of people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer at some point in their lives. Often cancer treatments include radiation or chemotherapy. There is evidence that HBOT treatments may inhibit the growth of some tumors. In addition, HBOT may alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy and help your body heal from radiation treatments.


4. Fight nerve pain and regrow nerve cells

Many people suffer from chronic nerve pain, known as neuropathy. Individuals with diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, vitamin deficiencies, and poor circulation are all at high risk.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can aid the body’s healing process and reduce the symptoms of neuropathy. Research shows HBOT can offer improved outcomes in patients suffering from neuropathy caused by diabetes. Patients may even see regrowth of peripheral nerves.


5. Assist with wound healing

Open wounds, particularly in patients with suppressed immune systems, can be extremely serious and resistant to conventional care. According to Johns Hopkins University, HBOT treatments can provide the extra oxygen your body needs to heal itself.


6. Aid in athletic performance and recovery

Professional athletes like LeBron James use HBOT to aid their performance and as part of their recovery process. At Urban Wellness Group, our physicians use HBOT and other treatments to help athletes at all levels perform their very best.


7. Reversing air embolism

When “bubbles” of gas enter the bloodstream, the result can be a stroke or painful conditions like decompression sickness (also known as the bends). Recent research showed “substantial improvement in outcome in patients with arterial air embolisms treated with HBOT.”


8. Treating carbon monoxide poisoning

Over 25,000 people in the US are poisoned by carbon monoxide every year. Many cases are caused by chronic exposure, resulting in carbon monoxide building up in the body over time. Signs of chronic carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches and reduced cognitive function, among other symptoms.


HBOT treatments and their oxygen-rich environments flush carbon monoxide from the body. HBOT has also been shown to reduce the brain inflammation caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.


9. Improving TBI symptoms

Millions of people every year suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) after slips or falls, car accidents, and other injuries. TBI can be very difficult to treat. Fortunately, recent studies have proven HBOT to be effective in treating some types of traumatic brain injuries. After treatment TBI sufferers showed improved blood flow as well as other benefits.


10. Fighting fungal and bacterial infections

Lyme disease and other bacterial and fungal infections can be treated with HBOT. These organisms can be killed when exposed to the high-oxygen environment of an HBOT chamber.


11. Improving the lives of people with autism

About 1 of every 70 children in the United States fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. Autism, more properly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a challenging condition. HBOT is one promising treatment option for some aspects of ASD. In one study, children with autism treated with HBOT showed improvements in receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness.


What is HBOT and how does it work?

The extremely high pressure produced by the Fortius 420 allows patients at Urban Wellness Group to experience the best possible results from HBOT treatments. There are just a few chambers like it in all of Oregon.


By increasing the atmospheric pressure around your body, there is more oxygen available to you. Your body is then able to absorb this extra oxygen and kickstart its natural healing processes.


Your HBOT treatment at Urban Wellness Group in Portland is a simple and pain-free experience. Your treatment session will typically last about an hour. It’s simple, non-invasive, and effective.


You simply enter the hyperbaric chamber, lay down, relax, and breathe normally. That’s it!


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Schedule your HBOT session at Urban Wellness Group

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Urban Wellness Group is a relaxing and restorative experience that you’re sure to love.

You’ll love our:

  • Warm, welcoming office with calm light, natural wood accents, and warm colors.
  • Relaxed approach to your appointment. You won’t wait long to get started and we won’t rush you through treatment either. You’ll get the care and attention you deserve.
  • Complimentary tea! Enjoy a cup and decompress in our thoughtfully designed waiting area.

Call Urban Wellness Group at (503) 476-9651 or contact us online today to schedule your first HBOT session at our Division Street clinic.

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