How Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy works
Tissue Repair occurs through seemingly magical yet precise sets of processes and rules which usually work flawlessly. For some patients this process is inhibited and needs extra help. The various phases of these regenerative processes require oxygen as an integral part. Hyperbaric oxygen raises the oxygen concentration in a person's blood, and subsequently in the tissues in the areas that need to be healed.
How Hyperbaric therapy works
Tissue Repair occurs through seemingly magical yet precise sets of processes and rules which usually work flawlessly. The various phases of these regenerative processes require oxygen as an integral part. Hyperbaric oxygen raises the oxygen concentration in a person's blood, and subsequently in the tissues in the areas that need to be healed.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is delivered through the lungs to the bloodstream and served to fuel oxygen deprived tissues, but more importantly it creates a systemic wide “wake-up call.” This is a biochemical shift affecting all of the cells in the body preparing them to perform tasks which they should be able to, but through various conditions and exposures, they have lost the ability to perform basic repair functions.
1. Hyperbaric oxygen could be considered an alarm which causes repair cells to mobilize into the bloodstream and to be delivered to the site where they can perform the amazing repair functions they were designed to do.
2. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy calls a number of the blood vessel forming cells into action. Scientists can track their activity by the various products which these cells generate when actively building blood vessels.
3. Hyperbaric oxygen supports the flawless generation of new tissue. Specifically, it supports the proliferation of the collagen molecules which are present in muscle and the sinewy tendons and ligaments which hold our structures together.
4. In situations of acute massive salary alert destruction by trauma or other mishaps, hyperbaric oxygen can reduce the amount of secondary destruction that occurs as a reaction to the initial insult. This complex biochemical sequence is called “ischemia-reperfusion injury” and it can result in loss of large amounts of nearby tissue which may have been not directly insulted in the traumatic incident. Thus, the use of hyperbaric oxygen in an acute setting has permitted surgeons to utilize the cellular calming effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to salvage limbs which would otherwise perish.
Regardless of the underlying cause of the problem wounds, a pathway to non-healing commonly involves a hampered blood supply, resulting in hypoxia (insufficient oxygen delivery), and infection. An unusual twist achieved by intermittent hyperoxygenation of hypo-perfused wound beds is the ignition of a cascade of biochemical events which often leads to wound healing. This process is only achievable by exposing them to a series of hyperbaric oxygen treatments
- How long is treatment?
- What concentration is needed?
- Does every patient need the same oxygen dose to stimulate maximum repair?
To more clearly identify how much oxygen and at what concentration and for how long and how frequently is best to nurture the cells into their optimum performance and repair functions.
This research is provided by an affiliate organization, Medical Oxygen Research, they are a not-for-profit who are probing the science in more depth. This research group is developing scientific protocols to commence clinical trials in 2020 to answer exactly these questions about how much oxygen dose is the best and the best way to deliver that to needy patients.
Note: Oxygen breathed into and through your lungs, the distributed through your blood supply is vastly different than blowing some oxygen on the surface of a wound hoping that the damaged tissue visible will respond.
Such an application is not hyperbaric oxygen therapy but rather topical oxygen and there is only scant evidence of its effectiveness in treatments.