The many benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Nestled conveniently at Liquid Lines in St Francis Bay sits the Blue Abyss office, containing the hyperbaric chamber. With a constant flow of athletes and others heading for sessions at the chamber, we decided to find out just precisely what a hyperbaric chamber is, and what are these many benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
We sat with Blue Abyss owner and resident and resident Chiropracter Dr Carmel Billson to chat about the many benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What is a hyperbaric chamber?
A hyperbaric chamber is a chamber or capsule that you lay or sit in, fully clothed. Inside the chamber, you breathe close to 100% oxygen which is transported to the blood and reaches even the damaged cells.
Is this the same thing that divers use for decompression sickness?
Yes, it is similar. The difference is that our chamber works at a lesser pressure, therefore, having a therapeutic effect and causing fewer adverse effects.
What does it do, physically? I.e. what are the oxygen levels that you will experience? Does it remove nitrogen?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive method that supplies oxygen at high concentrations in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. This is at a minimum of 1.3 ATM atmospheres (higher than the normal ambient atmospheric pressure of 1 atmosphere).
What does this actually do to the body? How does the body benefit?
Oxygen therapy can be highly beneficial for those who frequently experience low oxygen levels, regardless of why. If needed, regularly utilizing oxygen therapy can allow people to be more active and mobile by decreasing shortness of breath. It can also significantly improve the quality of life and extend life expectancy in many cases.
Who needs to go into a hyperbaric chamber? What ailments does it address?
It has many benefits, including the following athlete benefits
- Reduce muscle fatigue and exhaustion
- Improve mental focus
- Faster recovery
- Flush out lactic acid
- Improve stamina
- Injury and recovery
- Acceleration of cell recovery and tissue repair
- Pre and post-surgery
- Diabetic wounds
- Muscle, tendon and bone injury
- Burns and wounds
- Pain management
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Chronic illness
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Circulation problems
Does it benefit if you have no ailments?
If you don’t have any ailments, you can still have the benefit of:
- Improved immunity,
- Increased stem cell production
- Collagen synthesis
For more details on costs, sessions, and contact details, go to www.blueabyss.co.za for all the information!