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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Winston-Salem

Oxygen is significant for the body’s ability to heal itself. As blood flows throughout the body, it delivers oxygen to cells and keeps them healthy. How efficiently blood carries this oxygen can affect how quickly and fully cells can heal. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a technology designed to vastly improve that efficiency.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy utilizes a pressure pod that painlessly increases the concentration of oxygen entering the body for a period of time.

The extra pressure puts a greater concentration of oxygen into each breath taken, and over the span of an hour or more can mean significant vascular improvement.

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The History of HBOT 

The therapy began in the early 1900s, and gained traction in the 1940s as the U.S. Navy used it for sea divers with decompression sickness. By the 1960s medical professionals also found it effective for treating carbon monoxide poisoning. We still use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for these ailments today.

It’s also been well established as an assistive therapy for both infections and air bubbles in blood vessels. The Mayo Clinic discusses its uses to aid in healing tissues struggling to recover because of diabetes. (Diabetes can decrease proper circulation and make it more difficult to recover from injuries and surgical incisions.)

In fact, Dr. Claus of the Mayo Clinic says Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can improve healing in diabetes patients by up to 60% (Source). Hospitals often have hyperbaric chambers to treat these conditions.

But Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has practical benefits for a variety of more common maladies, and is available at Winston Salem chiropractic offices like ours.

Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Extra oxygenated blood flow reduces inflammation and pain in the body. For sports injuries like sprains, straints, and even bone breaks, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can shorten recovery times and reduce scarring.

Quick, uncomplicated recoveries are the key to avoid jeopardizing sports careers, after all.

The Mayo Clinic reports that after a 4-6 week HBOT treatment series, patients continued to benefit from noticeably better circulation for up to 4 years because of the capillary growth during the treatment.

Improvements to blood flow are also beneficial for preventative measures. White blood cell count is higher in well-oxygenated tissue, allowing the body to more readily deal with germs and general illness.

Conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s have been directly linked to hypoxia, which is a decreased flow of oxygen to the brain over time. This contributes to mental decline, but can be mitigated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

HBOT also improves the effectiveness of antibiotics.

couple in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy pod

Winston Salem HBOT Treatment Can Help With:

  • Sports injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
  • Diabetes-related difficulty healing wounds
  • Chronic pain and inflammation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Recovery from strokes
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Pre/Post surgical procedures

Information For Your HBOT Session:

Wear comfortable clothes (preferably cotton) to your appointment. Typical sessions last 1-2 hours, where you’ll be laying on a soft, comfortable surface.

For the best experience, please avoid wearing/bringing the following to a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy appointment:

  • Makeup, perfume, or aftershave
  • Alcohol or petroleum-based skin products
  • Food or candy
  • Flammable items like lighters and hand warmers

If you have cold or flu symptoms, let our staff know in advance. We may need to reschedule your appointment.

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