The Science Behind Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Learn about the healing powers of pressurized oxygen and why it works.

The Science Behind Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Learn about the healing powers of pressurized oxygen and why it works.

The Principles

The term “hyperbaric” is defined as a gas at a pressure greater than normal. Compared to breathing normal air at sea level, hyperbaric oxygen-rich air will drive up to 10 – 15% more oxygen into the plasma and other fluids, including lymph and cerebrospinal fluid. This increase can produce a four-fold increase in the diffusing distance of oxygen from functioning capillaries – meaning oxygen can reach otherwise unreachable damaged tissues.

Super-saturating the body with oxygen enhances the regeneration of damaged tissue, strengthens the immune system, and provides the body with greater opportunity for healing by:

  • Immediately reversing hypoxia

  • Acting as a signal inducer of DNA, turning on and off over 5,000 genes

  • Stimulating the development of new blood vessels where circulation has been compromised (angiogenesis)

  • Promoting collagen, bone, and cartilage repair and regeneration

  • Greatly reducing swelling and inflammation

  • Stimulating the production of stem cells and mobilizing them to damaged tissues

  • Enhancing energy production at the cellular level