Over the past decade, the medical world has become increasingly interested in hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), with several celebrities also buying into the latest healthcare trend. In a YouTube series that was released towards the middle of 2019, pop-sensation Justin Bieber revealed that he makes use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to rid his body of a toxin build-up brought on by years of alcohol and drug abuse. The star is the proud owner of two hyperbaric chambers, and claims they have been paramount in his journey to becoming a happier, healthier individual. While HBOT is still most commonly used to treat ill scuba divers and individuals with carbon monoxide or radiation poisoning, it is also being considered as a course of treatment for an expanding range of conditions.
It may ease the symptoms of cerebral palsy
In recent years, the possibility of using HBOT as an alternative treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) has been explored extensively, due to the ability of oxygen to regenerate damaged and disabled cells. Although the treatment is still widely debated, many healthcare providers believe that it will be one of the most effective and widely-used treatments of the future. It is important to note that the majority of these providers are in agreement that HBOT may prove to be more effective in children who contracted CP due to a lack of oxygen to the brain, as opposed to other causes such as rubella, toxoplasmosis, or a chickenpox infection caught from the mother.
Patients with anemia can benefit considerably
Anemia is the most common blood-related condition among Americans. While many instances of anemia can be treated with dietary adjustments and supplements, severe cases may necessitate a blood transfusion. Unfortunately, some patients are unable to receive a blood transfusion for various religious or medical reasons. HBOT can be very beneficial to these patients, as it will serve as a back-up oxygen supplier to the body while red blood cells are being regenerated. HBOT has also been found to relieve the pain associated with sickle cell anemia. Although there is no cure for the condition as yet, HBOT can improve the patient’s quality of life significantly.
Skin grafts may heal better
Skin grafts, which involve a skin transplant from one part of the body to another, are often required after serious injuries and burns. Although many skin grafts heal very well without further medical intervention, there are times when the grafts do not get enough oxygen, which results in a compromised graft. This can cause infection to set in, and may even require a secondary graft to be done. HBOT can speed up the healing process by exposing the graft site to oxygen and stimulating new cell growth. The oxygen will also help the body construct new blood vessels and ward off infection, helping the graft to heal faster.
Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy has not received widespread global recognition, it has been used with success in the treatment of various illnesses and injuries. As promising as it may sound, however, it is vital to also weigh up all your options and make informed medical decisions at all times.