Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Image of the hyperbaric chamber used for services at the Karlfeldt Center.

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Works

Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as circulatory problems, non-healing wounds, and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. The delivery of 100% oxygen under pressure during hyperbaric treatments provides up to 20 times normal oxygen to all tissues within the body and increases stem cell circulation by 8 times creating an environment where tissue regeneration is greatly increased.

Hyperbaric Benefits

Hyperbaric oxygen stimulates the growth of new capillaries (angiogenesis), essentially building a new collateral circulatory system to serve injured and healthy tissues alike. 

Faster regeneration of bone is derived by hyper-baric oxygen’s ability to stimulate and increase production of specialized cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) responsible for bone repair and formation. These essential building blocks of connective tissue, tendon, and skin matrix (fibroblasts and collagen) provide the structural framework throughout the body and play a critical role in tissue healing. 

Fibroblast and collagen reproduction and growth are aided by the added availability of increased oxygen provided during hyperbaric conditions. 

Hyper-baric oxygen markedly decreases inflammation by stimulating the body’s own anti-inflammatory defenses. 

Hyperbaric Treatment Applications

Some conditions that can be helped by hyper-baric oxygen include Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Lyme Disease, Migraine, Multiple Sclerosis, Recovery from Surgery, Sports Injuries, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

In this interview, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt of the Karlfeldt Center in Meridian, near Boise, Idaho, explains how it can improve the effectiveness of cancer treatments. 

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