Pain & Numbness of Extremities
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) utilizes a chamber to pressurize its’ occupant while providing 100% oxygen to breathe.
Oxygen, under pressure, dissolves into the fluid portion of the body, elevating arterial levels up to 20 times higher than normal. The oxygen rich liquid portion of the blood can effectively deliver high levels of oxygen to areas of poor circulation.
Oxygen is essential for the proper functioning of every cell in the body. Increased oxygen levels yields:
increased energy production,
improved waste removal
dramatically accelerated rate of healing.
Emerging research confirms that neuropathy is primarily caused by a lack of oxygen. This can be the result of poor blood circulation, pinching of sciatic nerve or its local blood supply, too much glucose in the blood, or toxic chemicals (prescription drugs, pesticides, cleaning solvents or substance abuse) creating excessive free radicals that negate available oxygen.
When the nerve cell is deprived of oxygen, the cell contracts, making itself smaller to conserve oxygen increasing the gap (synaptic junction) between nerve cells. Nerve cells do not come into contact with one another.
Signal Loss between Nerve Cells
A nerve impulse must jump across this gap. When the gap gets too big, the electrical nerve impulse cannot make the transition across this gap, and nerve function is impaired.
HBO & Nerve Health
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been known to be effective in controlling and reversing the pain and dysfunction associated with:
CRPS / RSD (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), and
Diabetic or non-diabetic neuropathies of the arms, hands, legs and feet.
Hyperbaric oxygen promotes healthy tissue, circulation, and nerve function through healing instead of medication masking.
Reduces swelling, increases energy production for nerve restoration.2
Eliminates inflammation, allowing healing to occur.3
Improves blood cell health, thus improving oxygen carrying and delivery efficiency. 4
Greatly enhances white cell killing of unfriendly bacteria and some fungi at high oxygen pressures.5
Facilitates elimination of bone infections.6
Reduces the number of operations and deaths associated with poor circulation related tissue infections.7
Extremely important is its stimulation of new capillary and vessel growth, promoting nerve health.8
Finally, it promotes better tissue survival and healing of damaged tissue.9
HBO Best When Used as Part of an Overall Treatment Plan
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2: Nylander G, Lewis D, Nordstrom H, Larsson J. Metabolic effects of hyperbaric oxygen in post-ischemic muscle. Plast Reconstr Surg 1987; 79:91-6.
3: Zamboni WA, Roth AC, Russell RC, Graham B, Suchy H, Kucan JO. Morphological analysis of the microcirculation during reperfusion of ischemic skeletal muscle and the effect of hyperbaric oxygen. Plast Reconstr Surg 1993; 1110-23.
4: Mathieu D, Coget J, Vinckier F, Saulnier A, Durocher ET,Wattel F. Red blood cell deformability and hyperbaric oxygen. Med Subaquatique Hyperbar 1984; 3:100-4.
5: Mader JT, Brown GL, Gluckian JC, Wells CH, Reinarz JA. A mechanism for the amelioration by hyperbaric oxygen of experimental staphylococcal osteomyelitis in rabbits. J Infect Dis 1980; 142:915-22.
6: Davis JC, Heckman JD, DeLee JC, Buckwold FJ. Chronicnon-hematogenous osteomyelitis treated with adjuvant hyperbaricoxygen. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 1986; 68:1210-7.
7: Riseman JA, Zamboni WA, Curtis A, Graham DR, Konrad HR, RossDS. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for necrotising fasciitis reducedmortality and the need for debridements. Surgery 1990; 108:847-50.
8: Marx RE, Johnson RP. Problem wounds in oral andmaxillofacial surgery: the role of hyperbaric oxygen. In: Davis JC, Hunt TK, eds. Problem wounds: the role of oxygen. New York: Elsevier Science Publishing, 1988:65-125.
9: Kaelin CM, Im MJ, Myers RA, Manson PN, Hoopes JE. The effects of hyperbaric oxygen on free flaps in rats. Arch Surg 1990; 125:607-9.