Hyperbaric oxygen treatments can increase the oxygen capacity of your blood, enabling novel treatments as a benefit. Multiple health issues like chronic fatigue syndrome, RSD and Lyme disease have been successfully treated with hyperbaric oxygen treatments. It consists of a sealed high pressure environment that provides increased oxygen to the body and therapeutic high pressure compressive effects down to the cellular level. To receive hyperbaric oxygen treatments, you will be entering a pressure chamber where pure oxygen is administered.
Historically, the hyperbaric oxygen treatments were developed as a restorative therapy for diving accidents and decompression sicknesses, but today the therapy treatments have proven to be effective for RSD treatments and radiation necrosis as well. While the hyperbaric oxygen therapy costs can be significant, it has become an effective treatment option. Radiation necrosis is a side effect from radiation therapy that can manifest at the site of an original tumor, as a long term complication from radiotherapy or radiosurgery. As such, it can be provided as part of an anticoagulation therapy.
In treatment for RSD, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, hyperbaric treatments have proven themselves as effective options among patients who suffer from chronic pain. It can be used to counteract the a host of different symptoms, such as sensitivity to light touch, swelling, skin color and temperature changes, weakness, abnormal sweating, muscle atrophy, or depression.
One of the main concerns of patients is the hyperbaric oxygen therapy cost. Depending on the number of sessions required, the therapy may be covered in part or in full by insurance. Every treatment is also known as a “dive”, based on its original use as a diving accident treatment. Your RSD treatments may require a complete course of 20 to 40 individual dives based on guidance from your physician.
In each session, you are placed into a chamber or room where the air pressure is raised up to 3 times the normal air outside pressure. The next part of the process consists of pure oxygen being pumped in to provide you with a high concentration of oxygen. Subsequently, this causes the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, that are effective at increasing your healing.
Since your delicate tissues will only heal with the addition of oxygen, by increasing the oxygen dosage it can restore blood gases to a healing range while in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Generally, you can expect a session may last from 1 to 2 hours depending on the hyperbaric oxygen therapy costs picked up through insurance. Regardless of the number of treatments you complete, each one can provide healing oxygen and pressurization to get you back on the path to better health.