Many people are not sure what hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for.
It can not only treat diseases, such as gas poisoning, sudden deafness, decompression sickness, etc.
But it can also refresh the mind and eliminate fatigue, for example, students with heavy academic workload, office workers who often work overtime, and so on.
Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a painless, non-invasive, and safe physical therapy method with many benefits, it is not something that anyone can use casually or just want to use it!
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a way of treating certain illnesses in which the patient is placed into a closed pressure vessel (hyperbaric chamber) and breathing in high-concentration oxygen while increasing the pressure inside the chamber to above one atmospheric pressure.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can increase the oxygen content in the body, improve microcirculation and tissue hypoxia, promote aerobic metabolism of cells, reduce tissue edema and exudation, promote the elimination of harmful gases, inhibit the growth and reproduction of anaerobic bacteria, enhance the bactericidal effect of leukocytes and antibiotics, promote wound healing, enhance the therapeutic effects of tumors and prevent their complications, promote the repair of nerve sheaths, regulate the immune function of the body, and serve as a healthcare function.
Based on these functions, we simply divide its applications into two categories: disease treatment and healthcare.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy plays a unique therapeutic role in clinical ischemic and hypoxic diseases, as well as secondary damage caused by ischemia and hypoxia.
Currently, hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves multiple clinical disciplines including internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency, otolaryngology, and dermatology, especially remarkable in the treatment of ischemic hypoxic brain disease, gas poisoning, sudden deafness, decompression sickness, and other diseases.
Diseases caused by bubbles: decompression sickness, air embolism;
Poisoning: acute carbon monoxide poisoning (gas) and poisoning caused by other harmful gases (hydrogen sulfide, liquefied gas, gasoline, etc.), and poisoning caused by drugs or chemicals, etc.;
Acute ischemic state: critically endangered skin flaps, compartmental syndrome, crushing injuries, postoperative circulatory disorders after limb amputation, etc.;
Infectious diseases: necrotizing soft tissue infections, gas gangrene, refractory osteomyelitis, etc.;
Radiation tissue injury: osteoradionecrosis, soft tissue radiation necrosis, radiation hemorrhagic cystitis, radiation proctitis, etc.;
Wound repair: diabetic infectious ulcers, ulcerative pyoderma gangrenosum, pressure ulcers, burns, etc.;
Ear diseases: sudden deafness, etc.;
Nervous system diseases: dizziness, concussion, cerebral contusion, cerebral ischemia, stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, Guillain-Barre syndrome, multiple sclerosis, anesthesia accidents, etc.;
Cardiovascular diseases: acute coronary syndrome, myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, postcardiopulmonary resuscitation, etc.;
Aseptic bone necrosis: femoral head necrosis;
After transplant surgery: replantation of amputated limbs (fingers, toes) and skin grafting, plastic surgery;
Fracture and sports injury repair: fracture and poor healing after fracture, sports injury;
Malignant tumors (combined with radiotherapy or chemotherapy): During the course of radiotherapy or chemotherapy for malignant tumors, simultaneous hyperbaric oxygen therapy can play a role in radiotherapy and chemotherapy sensitization;
Skin diseases: impetigo, psoriasis, pityriasis rosea;
Altitude sickness: altitude sickness.
Health care--refreshing, eliminating fatigue
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not only applicable to the sick population, but also can be used to improve the state of the sub-healthy population.
For example, the lack of oxygen supply to the brain caused by excessive use of the brain by students and office workers leads to poor sleep, poor sleep, memory loss, drowsiness, and lack of concentration.
Under the guidance of a doctor, appropriate hyperbaric oxygen therapy for this group of people can alleviate this phenomenon to a certain extent. In addition, it is also effective for dizziness and other conditions that occur in the elderly with insufficient blood supply to the brain.
Students and office workers who are in a sub-healthy state and overuse their brains, and some elderly people with insufficient brain blood supply.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is divided into three stages: pressurization, stabilization and decompression.
After the healer enters the oxygen chamber, the door of the oxygen chamber is closed, and the chamber starts to be pressurized. It takes about 20-30 minutes. After the pressure in the chamber reaches the required pressure, the healer will wear a mask and start to inhale oxygen, usually for one hour continuously. , you can rest for 5 minutes in the middle.
After oxygen inhalation, the cabin starts to depressurize, and it takes about 20-30 minutes for the cabin pressure to drop to normal pressure, and you can come out!
Whether it is disease treatment or health care, it takes about 2 hours to receive the entire treatment process in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber each time.
As for the number of treatments, it is different——
For example, in the treatment of acute diseases such as acute poisoning, mild symptoms generally improve significantly after 3 to 5 treatments, while acute severe or chronic diseases require multiple treatments, generally 12 to 15 treatments are a course of treatment;
For the health care of sub-healthy people and the elderly, under the advice of a doctor, it is generally more appropriate to take it twice a year!
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy should not be given to treated patients with untreated pneumothorax, bullae, mediastinal emphysema, multiple skull fractures with pneumocranial and cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and untreated active bleeding.
But for people who need health care, it doesn't mean that everyone can do it. For example, if you have a fever or a severe cold, it's best not to do it.
So! Please be sure to consult a professional doctor before doing hyperbaric oxygen therapy!
Even if you can do it, the frequency of receiving treatment does not mean that the more you do it, the better your spirit will be. Excessive treatment may also lead to oxygen poisoning, barotrauma and other situations!
So, in general, no matter what kind of needs you have, you must listen to the doctor's instructions and suggestions before doing hyperbaric oxygen therapy! Don't take it for granted!