What is Hyperbaric Therapy?

Hyperbaric therapy involves breathing pure oxygen HBOT or an elevated Oxygen content HBAT in a pressurized room or tube. Hyperbaric therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. It is also a type of treatment used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. ​ In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to 1.5 – 2.5 times higher atmosphere. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. The goal is to infuse the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function. Hyperbaric therapy addresses the physical symptoms of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. We understand that, even with relief of the physical symptoms, there exists a psychological need that has to be addressed in order for a more complete healing to occur.
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The mission of Hyperbarics for Heroes is to improve the quality of life for people suffering from brain injuries in Oklahoma by providing logistical assistance to individuals who are seeking rehabilitation through hyperbaric therapy and to promote education and understanding to the community of the benefits regarding hyperbaric therapy.