This therapy, often referred to as HBOT or simply HBO, is a therapy in which a person breathes pure oxygen under pressure. This pressure is greater than the pressure at sea level, thus "hyperbaric." In average daily living, we breathe air which is only 21% oxygen. That oxygen is carried throughout our body by way of red blood cells. By receiving 100% pure oxygen under pressure, the oxygen is more readily dissolved into all body fluids, including blood, plasma, lymphatic fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, and interstitial fluid.
Hyperbaric pressure forces oxygen into every cell of the body, regardless of the blood’s ability to transport the oxygen. This increase of oxygen can start a chain of events that helps reduce inflammation, promote healing, and encourage tissue regeneration. When administered by a well-qualified and knowledgeable physician and his/her staff, the results can be amazing. HBO has given hope to patients who had given up all hope. It has returned motor function to stroke victims, and allowed wheelchair bound, brain, and spinal cord injured patients to return to the world of the walking.