Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy is when a person breathes pure oxygen at an increased air pressure.
When breathing pure oxygen under pressure your lungs can gather much more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. As a result, your blood carries this extra oxygen throughout your body which helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.
HBOT can also help with inflammation and infection by stopping harmful bacteria and strengthening the body’s immune system. It stimulates the formation of new blood vessels, new collagen (connective tissue) and new skin cells.
It is considered an adjunct therapy for a range of medical conditions, from serious infections, inflammation, wounds (e.g. diabetic foot ulcers or radiation injury) to sports injury, and it’s also used to speed up or improve recovery from surgery and for general health and wellness.