Hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy (HBOT) is increasing in popularity as of late for recovery and general health and well-being.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was first used in the United States in the 20th century. This therapy originally was used to treat many severe illnesses such as carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injuries, and wounds. While its uses originated in treating more severe injuries, this type of therapy has reemerged in recent years with the rise in biohacking as a more preventative treatment for overall health and well-being.
Undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves entering a special chamber where you breathe in pure oxygen in air pressure levels that are 1.5-3 times higher than average air pressure levels. In just one hour of therapy, the body takes in about 2.4 pounds of oxygen in the tissue. This increases the amount of oxygen in your body to 10-15 times the amount you would get just from normal breathing.
Under the conditions of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, your blood becomes extremely oxygenated. When in this state, your body is in a peak anti-inflammatory state, allowing your body to more quickly heal from injury, fight off inflammation, and release toxins.
HBOT also aids in fighting off illness by blocking harmful bacteria in the body and strengthening the body’s immune system.
For more of a wellness focus, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can speed up wound healing and significantly decrease inflammation and fight fatigue. It has also been said to improve brain fog, fight jet lag, and be anti-aging. Other benefits can include a decrease in swelling, decrease in body toxins, improvement in cognitive function, and a stimulation of brain cells. It is also used consistently by athletes as a way of speeding up recovery time and reducing risk of injury.
HBOT can also benefit your skin! Improved circulation and increased oxygen can stimulate collagen production and promote skin elasticity. By saturating your skin cells with oxygen, it accelerates the natural healing process and improves the appearance of skin. Not only this, but it stimulates the growth of new blood vessel formation. In turn, encouraging the formation of new collagen.
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are a great addition to your wellness routine by promoting overall health and general well-being and reducing inflammation in the body.
For more information on the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy, a great resource is the National Hyperbaric Treatment Centers website.
Ali Parsons graduated from The University of Washington with a degree in Media & Communications. She is passionate about nutrition, health, and wellness and is currently in the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Ali enjoys cooking, running, yoga, hiking and travel!