What Is a Hyperbaric Chamber?

Did you know that there are over 1,200 hyperbaric chambers in the US?

That means that there are more than 20 chambers, as an average, in each state across the country. Hyperbaric therapy has been around longer than you’d think; in fact, it’s been in use since before the discovery of oxygen even.

Hyperbaric chambers are used for treating a number of things, such as breathing difficulties and even overcoming wounds that don’t heal as they should.

Let’s take a deeper look into what hyperbaric chambers are; keep reading!

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

The basis of hyperbaric oxygen therapy or the use of an oxygen chamber is based on the fundamental fact that our bodies and the tissue that make them up need oxygen to function properly.

Even the air we breathe, with such a small percentage of oxygen, gives us enough of what we need. But imagine our bodies could get more?

HBOT is the procedure of breathing 100% oxygen in an atmosphere with higher than normal air pressure. The increase in air pressure allows the lungs to breathe in a higher capacity of oxygen, thus allowing more oxygen to get to the tissues that need to heal within our bodies.

What Is Hyperbaric Treatment Used For?

Performing hyperbaric treatment basically delivers a boost of 100% oxygen to your body. This treatment can be successfully used for:

  • Healing wounds quicker
  • Reducing inflammation and swelling
  • Helping to improve the functioning of the immune system
  • Assisting with an oxygen disorder or breathing disorder
  • Helping to produce new blood vessels

Be prepared for a strange sensation as the body adjusts to the higher pressure in the hyperbaric chamber. Also, you should know that your physician or doctor will need to advise for the use of this treatment.

What Is A Hyperbaric Chamber?

A hyperbaric chamber is the chosen vessel they use to administer HBOT. The first record of a hyperbaric chamber was as far back as the 1600s.

There are a number of different ways that HBOT can be administered: through a hood or mask, a ‘soft’ chamber, or in a sealed chamber.

The different methods are used to obtain varied results, and each is chosen according to what ailment is being treated. A mask or ‘soft’ chamber is used for poor circulation issues.

A hard chamber is used to help with blood flow to tissues in the body.

To get access to a chamber, you’ve either got to find a reputable center that owns one or buy a hyperbaric chamber.

Happiness in A Hyperbaric Chamber

Whatever your reasons for looking up hyperbaric chambers, whether it be the famous Michael Jackson snap, the fact that Keanu Reeves swears by it, or just plain curiosity, now you’re familiar with what the treatment does.

Will you be looking for more information?

Remember that with any medical treatment it’s always good to familiarize yourself entirely with the benefits and disadvantages.

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