What is hyperbaric ?


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the use of oxygen at a pressure above atmospheric pressure. A hyperbaric treatment can oxygenate red blood cells, all body fluids including plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, lymph, intracellular fluid and provides additional oxygen throughout the body.


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is divided into two components, explains Dr. Dominique Buteau, chief physician of the department of hyperbaric medicine at the Hotel-Dieu de Lévis: “Oxygen therapy is the therapy with oxygen. And hyperbaric, it means a higher pressure. The patient is therefore placed in an environment with a higher ambient pressure than the atmospheric pressure. It helps to increase the oxygen pressure that the person is going to breathe. “


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat many diseases and health problems.


For therapeutic purposes, the list of diseases and infections treated in hyperbaric chambers include head injuries, stroke, cerebral palsy, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, Lyme disease , fybromialgia, migraines, sports injuries, trisomy, ADD problem, swelling (edema), joint problems, poor circulation, regional complex pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, injuries cramps, bone regeneration, following fracture and recovery following cosmetic surgery. Hyperbaric can also increase the effectiveness of some antibiotics and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels to increase blood flow in bad circulation zones.


Hyperbaric therapy is a simple, safe and highly effective method for delivering oxygen in concentrations of 21% to 35% in all cells and body fluids. This takes place in a sealed box up to a pressure of 1.3 ATA (4.3 PSI or 30 KPa) and 1.4 ATA.


In the United States, more than 400 professional athletes from the NFL, the NHL, the NASCAR series and other sports use portable hyperbaric chambers to increase their endurance, performance and accelerate recovery, among several other benefits.


More than 1,000 doctors and 700 chiropractors also use them in their daily practice.




Encourage neuroplasticity


Beyond its well-documented effects, hyperbaric medicine raises many hopes in the scientific community, especially for chronic neurological lesions. Several scientific studies are currently under way to validate these hypotheses, particularly on the treatment of concussions, autism, cerebral palsy and sequelae of cerebrovascular accidents. The idea behind this research is to test whether hyperbaric promotes neuroplasticity, the regeneration of brain cells.





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The theory of oxygen


Did you know that your body contains 75 trillion cells that provide the energy needed for brain function, body movement, organ function and to meet the needs of other systems in your body? Each cell needs two things to produce energy: nutrients and OXYGEN.



The former president of the Oxygen Health Association in Japan, has for decades been studying the relationship between the level of oxygen in the body and the state of health of individuals:


 “My research has allowed me to conclude that lack of oxygen is the source of most if not all diseases”


A healthy lifestyle program and lifestyle is very important. After all, prevention is better than cure.


Maintaining good health requires an efficient supply and distribution of oxygen. The blood pigment transports oxygen in the cell tissues so that it can be distributed in the cells. The human body is like a complex precision factory.


Metabolism occurs only when oxygen is absorbed by the body’s systems, which generate the energy necessary to maintain their vital functions and eliminate waste. In fact, residual waste in the body indicates an inadequate supply of oxygen. To stay healthy and maintain a good physical condition, there must be a constant balance between demand and oxygen supply.





Oxygen and nervous system


Stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system releases the bronchioles thus allowing the lungs to receive the best possible oxygen supply. At the same time, the circulation of blood to and from the lungs is increased, which facilitates the exchange of oxygen from the lungs to the blood and therefore to the cells of the body and stimulates the cellular metabolism.


Stimulation of the autonomic nervous system can restore the vital balance of the nervous system. Thus an improvement of the following conditions can occur: insomnia, excessive dreams, digestive problems, stomach upset, palpitation, anxiety, constipation, nervous breakdown, pain and discomfort in various forms without forgetting the mental stress.





Are there any side effects?


The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. To minimize this risk, users must properly apply ear release techniques during compression and proceed gradually. During compression, the pressure in the chamber can be adjusted and slowed down to facilitate clearance. Special earplugs are also available to minimize the effects of pressure change. From time to time, some people have noticed changes in their vision during their treatment period. These changes are minor and temporary.



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