Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that delivers 100% oxygen to a person within a pressurized chamber.

Each hyperbaric oxygen treatment is called a “dive.” During treatment 100% oxygen fills the hyperbaric chamber while atmospheric pressure is simultaneously increased.  This therapeutic combination causes oxygen concentration within the body to increase 15 to 20 times normal. Increased oxygen concentrations help the body initiate cellular processes that can accelerate healing and aid in the recovery from certain conditions and illnesses.

HBOT is non-invasive, safe, and has few side effects.

BENEFITS of HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY

-  Accelerates cellular renewal
-  Supports growth of new blood vessels
-  Promotes growth of new tissue
-  Decreases swelling and inflammation
-  Increases the body’s ability to fight infections
-  Helps to metabolize some toxin
-  Potentiates antibiotic capabilities
-  Stimulates collagen production

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been demonstrated to dramatically increase immune capabilities, assisting patients with problems ranging from chronic wounds to complex disabilities and neurological impairment.  While HBOT has been used extensively by the international medical community for many years, its use is in its infancy stages, but rapidly increasing in demand, throughout the United States.

The basic principle behind hyperbaric oxygen therapy is easy to understand – oxygen is vital to the healing process. In normal conditions, only red blood cells have the ability to carry oxygen to injured parts.  During HBOT, oxygen is dissolved in all body fluids – such as plasma, lymph, interstitial, synovial and cerebrospinal fluid. Increased oxygen levels, in turn, raise the body’s ability to create new blood vessels, build new connective tissue, and foster the growth of new cells.

Rehabilitation time from injury has been accepted to have an intrinsically set rate. In other words – the body only heals at one speed. Although comfort measures and traditional therapies can be applied, the patient must basically wait out the predetermined healing time that nature has set for us. However, with the addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the previous standard of unalterable healing time has been revolutionized.

A new era in therapeutic treatment lies ahead as scientific data continually documents emerging uses and proven effectiveness of HBOT.  Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry utilizes state-of-the-art, fully computerized, cutting edge hyperbaric technology and adheres to industry safety standards.

 

 

It took me by surprise. The painful spider bite on my upper arm was rapidly worsening and the wound was growing larger. My doctor told me that the Brown Recluse Spider bite I had was further being complicated because of my diabetes. Suffering daily with tenderness and pulsating pain, I was unable to do household chores and night time pain interrupted my sleep. Before resorting to a skin graft, my surgeon suggested I try HBOT. My family and I watched with our own eyes as each successive treatment aided my wound closing and finally healing. An even bigger surprise was the improvement I had with problems relating to a stroke I suffered in 2004. I can now walk much farther, keep my balance, speak more clearly. Thank you to Dr. Stephens and Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry - I am so grateful!

Elaine D.