Everything You Need To Know About Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a therapy that anyone can benefit from as our bodies are not always getting enough oxygen in the blood for our body to function at its optimal. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be used to treat a targeted issue or simply for overall wellness. 

What Is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy uses a pressurized chamber where patients breathe in concentrated oxygen at levels 1.5-3 times higher than normal. By using this therapy, patients in Vancouver Washington can get an increase of oxygen to their body so that their body’s tissue can function as it should. This benefit to the body helps to fight off infection as well as stimulate cellular activity. Everything from chronic pain, fatigue, muscle aches, injured tissue, and infection to brain fog can be treated with this therapy. 

How It Works

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works by bringing oxygen into the blood so that oxygen-rich plasma can feed tissue in a person’s body in need of oxygen. For example, wounds to the body damage a person’s blood vessels which in turn causes leaks into the body’s tissues resulting in swelling. Swelling of tissue results in cellular damage thus depriving them of oxygen causing the tissue to die. By using this therapy, oxygen floods the tissue in need of oxygen reducing swelling and helping to prevent tissue death. 

This therapy also aids in preventing what is known as ‘reperfusion injury’ where tissue is severely damaged from blood supply returning to tissues that have been deprived of oxygen. Reperfusion injury can happen after a ‘crush injury which causes damaged cells to release harmful oxygen radicals. These molecules damage tissue by causing the blood vessels to cease blood flow thus keeping them from needing oxygen. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy encourages the body’s oxygen radical scavengers to seek out these molecules so proper healing can continue. 

Other benefits include blocking harmful bacteria growth and strengthening the body’s immune system, disabling toxins of certain bacteria, improving the function of white blood cells, and encouraging the formation of new collagen and skin cells by encouraging new blood vessel growth. 

Is Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Right For You

As mentioned earlier, anyone can benefit from Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as it improves the overall wellness of an individual. However, there is a long list of specific reasons patients would use Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat their condition. This list is as follows but is not limited to the reasons one would use Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Vancouver Washington. 

  • Burns
  • Reduced blood flow in arteries that is acute or traumatic
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Crush injuries
  • Gas gangrene (a form of gangrene in which gas collects in tissues)
  • Decompression sickness (which can happen after multiple scuba diving trips)
  • Skin grafts or flaps that are compromised
  • Infection in a bone (osteomyelitis) that doesn’t respond to other treatment
  • Bone disease
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Flesh-eating disease (necrotizing soft tissue infection)
  • Air or gas bubble trapped in a blood vessel (air or gas embolism)
  • A chronic infection called actinomycosis
  • Diabetic wounds that are not healing properly
  • Miners and firefighters
  • Chronic pain

Speak with a physician at Pain Relief Partners in Vancouver Washington about whether Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is right for you. 


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