What are the Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy

Not too long ago many people thought of hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment as some kind of radical and experimental treatment for medical conditions for which nothing else seemed to work. The may have been true to some extent, but the United States Medicare program now recognizes hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy as a reimbursable medical treatment. Thus, hyperbaric oxygen therapy costs are covered under most Medicare plans.

If you are old enough to remember the mid-1980s, you can probably recall the photos depicting Michael Jackson sleeping in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber that appeared on the cover of popular American tabloids. Whether or not the photos were authentic or “doctored,” a lot of people thought it merely another example of the pop star’s eccentric behavior. But if what was portrayed in the photos actually took place, it now appears that Mr. Jackson’s behavior may not have been so “out there” after all.

Today, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used as a legitimate method of treatment for RSD, cancer, Lyme disease, chronic pain, healing wounds, and more. The science behind hyperbaric oxygen treatments is rather simple, since it basically subjects the body to oxygen densities as high as 98%. Since such high levels of oxygen can lead to oxygen toxicity, physicians require hyperbaric therapy patients to take air breaks at 20 minute intervals throughout the typically four to five hour sessions.

The basic science behind hyperbaric oxygen treatment is elementary. Study after study has confirmed that oxygen can help to repair broken down cell and promote cell growth. Because of its healing qualities, medical researchers believe that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a legitimate treatment for RSD and other diseases and medical conditions for which not other treatments have worked.

While the extent to which hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help to treat terminal illness and chronic medical conditions remains unknown, the science behind it is solid. Therefore, hyperbaric oxygen therapy will probably continue to play a larger role within the realm of medical treatment. For more about this, go here.

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