Your body has its own natural healing processes. The processes can be mobilized with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Jerry W. Morris, DO, of The Private Practice, a concierge service for patients in Southlake, Texas, uses this well-established medical treatment to increase the amount of oxygen in your blood. It complements stem cell therapy and concussion treatment, and can be used for many other medical conditions.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy exposes you to air that has about three times the pressure of air you breathe normally. You access the air through a special chamber or breathe it through a specialized tube. The greater pressure of the air increases the amount of oxygen you process so that your organs and tissues benefit. The treatment is painless but highly effective.
Normally, your blood transports oxygen to tissues throughout your body, but sometimes -- especially in the cases of injury or disease -- this circulation is diminished or blocked. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows oxygen to dissolve into all of your bodily fluids, increasing the likelihood that it will reach the areas that need it.
The oxygenated fluids, including lymph and plasma, improve your white blood cells’ ability to:
Dr. Morris uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy along with stem cell therapy to speed the healing process. Stem cell therapy involves injecting your own, highly purified healing cells into places of joint pain -- such as your knee or shoulder. These cells replicate and build new tissue as they also heal damaged tissue, eliminating the need for invasive surgery. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy enhances the activation of the stem cells.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may also be used in concussion treatment. It’s a proven way to improve your cognitive ability and quality of life, if you’ve had a concussion – even several years after the incident.
Dr. Morris might also recommend hyperbaric oxygen treatment if you’ve expressed concern about the signs of aging. Preliminary research suggests the treatment can greatly reduce visible wrinkles and make you look, and possibly feel, younger.
Everyone’s case is slightly different, so discuss your specific condition and desired results with Dr. Morris. If you’re being treated for chronic conditions, you may go in for therapy over several days or weeks. The chamber is monitored during your session by technicians and you can see outside as well. You’ll be allowed to watch movies or listen to music during the session, which lasts from 30 minutes to two hours.