Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, has been used for decades to treat decompression sickness (the “bends”), carbon monoxide poisoning, skin grafts, and soft tissue infections. It involves breathing highly oxygenated air inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure in the chamber is raised two to three times the normal atmosphere, and the oxygen concentration of the air is increased to 100%.
Typically, oxygen enters our lungs and is absorbed by red blood cells. With HBOT, the lungs receive more oxygen, which is absorbed not only by red blood cells but also diffused into the blood plasma itself. This absorption by the plasma allows more oxygen to saturate the body’s tissues and deliver oxygen to areas of the body where red blood cells cannot reach. Increased oxygen intake is essential for your body’s cells to create energy to resolve any health issues you might be experiencing.