Ever since I went down the nervous system regulation RABBIT HOLE last summer, I decided to give hyperbaric oxygen therapy a try. Breath work was already a fave “go-to” self-regulation technique so why not? Little did I know how complementary HBOT would be to my genetic makeup and current phase of life? Oxygen has proved to be a useful tool in getting regulated while I process trauma. 

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)? 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or chamber. This therapy is commonly used to accelerate the healing process for conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning, non-healing wounds, and certain types of infections. By increasing the oxygen levels in the body under pressure, HBOT can enhance tissue repair and promote overall healing. But you can use it, too! 

How does HBOT work? 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is like giving your body a big hug with lots of oxygen. Imagine you are a superhero, and your body needs a special power boost to heal and feel better. HBOT puts you in a cozy, pressurized room where you get to breathe in super-duper oxygen. This extra oxygen helps your body heal faster. Just like how eating healthy food makes you grow big and strong, breathing more oxygen in HBOT helps your body heal faster and fight off sicknesses. So, in simple words, HBOT is like a special oxygen treat that helps your body heal and stay healthy by giving it a big dose of superhero oxygen power (LAUGH!). 

What would I use HBOT for? 

Here are some things us unregulated folks might use it for:

  1. Enhancing Recovery: HBOT may help speed up recovery after intense physical activities like workouts or sports by reducing muscle soreness and promoting tissue repair.
  2. Boosting Energy Levels: The extra oxygen intake during HBOT sessions can boost energy levels, helping combat fatigue and enhancing overall vitality.
  3. Improving Skin Health: HBOT has been linked to promoting collagen production, improving skin elasticity, and helping wounds or skin conditions heal. 
  4. Supporting Immune Function: By increasing oxygen levels in the body, HBOT can bolster the immune system. Who doesn’t want a better functioning immune system?!
  5. Relieving Stress and Anxiety: The calming environment of a hyperbaric chamber combined with increased oxygen levels = a more relaxed, less stressed you. 
  6. Promoting General Wellness: Regular HBOT sessions can contribute to overall well-being by supporting cellular health, reducing inflammation, and enhancing circulation.

What are some other benefits to HBOT? 

There’s evidence to support using HBOT in the treatment and prevention of injuries to the nervous system. (PMID: 33818447). Research has shown that HBOT can have beneficial effects in various scenarios related to nerve damage and protection. HBOT also reduces inflammation! (PMID: 38165200). HBOT has been found to have the additional benefit of reducing inflammation, which can be significant in various medical conditions. This anti-inflammatory effect adds to the therapeutic value of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Where can you try HBOT? 

You can look for a hyperbaric treatment center that focuses specifically on providing HBOT. These centers may offer a range of hyperbaric services and have dedicated staff trained in delivering hyperbaric treatments. Some clinics and wellness centers provide HBOT as part of their services for general health and wellness purposes. These facilities may offer HBOT in a spa-like setting tailored for relaxation and rejuvenation. See if your physician offers this service! HBOT might be expensive, so if your physician doesn’t offer it and you can’t afford it, check out these FREE nervous system regulation strategies to do instead

Before scheduling HBOT, it’s crucial to consult with YOUR healthcare provider. Unless you’ve seen me in person, it ain’t me. 

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The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Dr. Francesca LeBlanc. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician. Do not use the information provided in this post for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. Please, do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read on this website.