Hyperbaric Therapy and Inflammation Reduction.

There is an increased amount of research going into the topic of inflammation. Inflammation is the process by which the body protects itself. From a sprained ankle to constricted airways, inflammation is often the body’s first line of defense. This is a natural response, however, continued inflammation damages the body. This is where hyperbaric therapy and inflammation reduction come in to play.

This is what Newsweek’s Anne Underwood writes about the topic, “”Researchers are linking inflammation to an ever‐wider array of chronic illnesses. Suddenly medical puzzles seem to be fitting together, such as why hypertension puts patients at increased risk of Alzheimer’s, or why rheumatoid‐arthritis sufferers have higher rates of sudden cardiac death.  They’re all connected on some fundamental level.”

Diseases that go together with increased levels of inflammation include the following:

Neuroinflammation –

  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stroke

Gastrointestinal –

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Soft Tissue/Joint Inflammation –

  • Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sports-Related & High Impact Injuries
  • Tendinitis

Chronic Inflammatory Related Diseases – 

  • Cancer Risk & Progression
  • Diabetic Conditions Linked to Inflammation
  • Atherosclerosis, Heart Attack & Stroke

Things we can all do to reduce inflammation – 

  • Regular exercise
  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Minimizing stress
  • Eating foods that reduce inflammation – Food that fight inflammation.
  • Getting sufficient oxygen into the system.

About this last point, this is what Dr. Paul Harch writes, “The benefits of reducing inflammation via HBOT are immediate, as well as long term. You’ll notice that your skin looks younger, your joints feel better, and your symptoms improve.  At the same time, when you reduce inflammation, you also reduce your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other complications of aging.”

Evidence shows that oxidative stress can be reduced with HBOT. Even though you drastically increase oxygen levels in the plasma for a period of time, typically one hour, the body responds to this by up‐regulating antioxidant enzymes.

Mitochondria and neurotransmitter abnormalities also improve during this time.

Enzymes that help detoxification are also increased.

It has also been shown that hyperbaric therapy mobilizes stem cells from the bone marrow into general circulation. These cells have been shown to enter the brain where they help form new neurons, microglia and astrocytes.

So, with an ever-increasing awareness of the damaging effects of inflammation, mild hyperbaric therapy can be a really effective add on to conventional treatments.

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These articles will prove helpful for those wanting to study the topic in more depth.



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